The following shows a Linux command line with a # prompt:


                            echo -e 'AAAAHHH!!!\a' > /dev/null


It represents a famous line from a work of fiction. What line is that?

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    $\begingroup$ Clever variation on rebuses! $\endgroup$ – Kevin Mar 26 '15 at 20:22

The answer is

"In space no one can hear you scream." The tagline for the Alien movie.

echo -e 'AAAAHHH!!!\a'

This is a scream. (Added bonus of \a telling the system to beep.)

> /dev/null

This redirects the output to the null device, effectively muting it.




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    $\begingroup$ That's correct, good job! $\endgroup$ – pacoverflow Mar 26 '15 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ SPAAAAAAACE! $\endgroup$ – Adam Davis Mar 26 '15 at 18:28

In space, no one can hear you scream

The scream gets written to /dev/null, which discards all data written to it. In other words no one receives the text, it gets lost 'in the void'.

Not sure what the beep represents though.

  • $\begingroup$ That's correct, although Ian beat you to it. The beep is there to make sure the word "hear" is part of the answer. $\endgroup$ – pacoverflow Mar 26 '15 at 14:42

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