PIP /pip/ vt.,obs. [Peripheral Interchange Program] To
copy; from the program PIP on CP/M, RSX-11, RSTS/E, TOPS-10, and
OS/8 (derived from a utility on the PDP-6) that was used for file
copying (and in OS/8 and RT-11 for just about every other file
operation you might want to do). It is said that when the program
was originated, during the development of the PDP-6 in 1963, it was
called ATLATL (`Anything, Lord, to Anything, Lord'; this played on
the Nahuatl word `atlatl' for a spear-thrower, with connotations
of utility and primitivity that were no doubt quite intentional).
See also BLT, dd, cat.
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