What famous line does this Linux command line represent?

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?

• Clever variation on rebuses! – Kevin Mar 26 '15 at 20:22

"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.

#

#


Space!

• That's correct, good job! – pacoverflow Mar 26 '15 at 14:40
• SPAAAAAAACE! – 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.

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