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The xkcd April Fool’s command line

April 2, 2010

Up front, I admit, this is totally cheating. Spoilers ahoy. All true. But if you decide to read through, I feel that this is sanctioned cheating.

If you didn’t see it, the April Fool at xkcd was to turn the site into a Unix command line. It gives you a few ideas up front about how to use it to navigate through the strips, but it’s not too hard to guess that there are going to be more commands. I got tired of guessing and decided to dig into the JavaScript to see what the choices were.

This isn’t a complete list of what you can do, and you’ll have to try them yourself to see what happens. So there’s still room for discovery. Cheat yourself, or just try these.

If it’s no longer April 1, try visiting xkcd.com/unixkcd.

Commands to try

the konami code
man
man last
man help
man next
man cat
make love
locate ninja
locate keys
locate joke
locate problem
date
hello
who
su
xyzzy
pwd
lpr
hello joshua
xkcd
the f-bomb
whoami
nano
top
moo
ping
find
find kitten (fun game!)
more
hi
echo
reddit
bash
ssh
uname
finger
kill
use the force luke
use the source luke
ed
emacs
vi
vim
asl (try repeatedly)
hint (also works repeatedly)
buy stuff
cheat
rm [various bits]
wget [url]
irc [nick]
curl [url]
apt-get
apt-get moo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get upgrade

Things you can try in the adventure game
go south
go west (type repeatedly)
look
light lamp
go down

And the best one…
i read the source code

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