tm - meditate
tm [-number] [time]
Tm causes UNIX to go into a state in which all current
activities are suspended for time minutes (default is 20).
At the beginning of this period, tm generates a set of
number (default 3) transcendental numbers. Then it prints
a two- to six-character nonsense syllable (mantra) on
every logged-in terminal (a different syllable on each
terminal). For the remainder of the time interval, it
repeats these numbers to itself, in random order, binary
digit by binary digit (memory permitting), while simulta-
neously contemplating its kernel.
It is suggested that users utilize the time thus provided
to do some meditating themselves. One possibility is to
close one's eyes, attempt to shut out one's surroundings,
and concentrate on the mantra supplied by tm.
At the end of the time interval, UNIX returns to the sus-
pended activities, refreshed and reinvigorated. Hope-
fully, so do the users.
Tm does not use any files, in an attempt to isolate itself
from external influences and distractions.
If disturbed for any reason during the interval of medita-
tion, tm locks the keyboard on every terminal, prints an
unprintable expletive, and unlocks the keyboard. Subse-
quent UNIX operation may be marked by an unusual number of
lost or scrambled files and dropped lines.
If number is greater than 32,767 (decimal), tm appears to
generate rational numbers for the entire time interval,
after which the behavior of the system may be completely
irrational (i.e., transcendental).
Attempts to use flog(1) on tm are invariably counterpro-
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