Data General AOS/VS II Easter Egg - Magic in AOS - Part 2

At the command line type:
xyzzy

The operating system responds:
Twice as much happens*

* A reference to the xyzzy response in Colossal Cave adventure game. See Magic in AOS for original Egg *

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Contributed By: Anonymous on 12-05-2000
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Kelly writes:
Please see the full description for "xyzzy" in AOS/VS (otherwise known as VS-1) for background on what this command is, and why it originally existed. The output of this command is different, in that AOS/VS II came with a new command line interpreter, CLI32.PR. Since the old CLI was 16-bit, and this one was 32-bit, it was only natural that "twice as much" would happen when invoking "xyzzy" in CLI32. I suspect that xyzzy was used as a debugging tool during the development of CLI32, much as it was in CLI16, though I'm not certain. In any event, style and form dictated that it not only be left in CLI32, but also be updated to reflect the 16- to 32-bit change.
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