renaming of misc. to MISC

Rex Monty Di Bona (
Mon, 25 Nov 1991 16:39:00 +1100

the purpose of renaming misc. to MISC was two fold. The first was that
'misc.' was taken as a domain name of 'misc'.'' which made versions of
the code crash, the null domain was not very nice. The other was to make
it very unlikely that anybody had a similar name. We used a routine
'lower' to move all the domain names into lowercase, which reduced the
need for a COM, a com, an AU/OZ, an AU/oz, and an au/oz directories. So
having the MISC name in uppercase, and inserted into the search after
the case conversion guaranteed that it wouldn't match any normal users'