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;login: is a long-running bi-monthly technical journal published by the USENIX Association, focusing on the UNIX operating system and system administration in general. It was founded by Mel Ferentz in 1975 as UNIX News, changing its name to ;login: in 1978.[1]

The leading semicolon is a reference to the appearance of the login prompt of early versions of UNIX, where an escape code specific to the Teletype model 37 computer terminal would appear as a semicolon on other models of terminal.[2]


  1. ^ Salus, Peter H. (September 2001). "The Importance of the Users in UNIX/Linux History". In Crawford, Frank. AUUG 2001 Conference Proceedings (Sydney: AUUG Inc.): 7. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Why is there a ";" in ;login:?

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