The secret bit of code in the core of the old Mac OS

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by garysweaver, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. garysweaver macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    I was trying to recount the following for a co-worker, but I couldn't find a reference to it anywhere.

    I had heard some years ago that there was a part of the core code in the old Mac OS (pre-OS X, afaik, and not sure what version) that, according to legend, supposedly no one on the development team at Apple at the time knew what that code did. I assume it was compiled code, or it may have just been some random-looking binary data, and I guess it just wasn't obvious how it was being used. When someone attempted to remove (or modify?) it, things stopped working. So, they left it in place and moved on.

    I know this story doesn't sound that interesting at first. After all, what developer hasn't run into code at some point they didn't understand right away? But, the interesting part of this was that it was stated that no one on the team knew why it was there and just left it like that. It has been a number of years since I heard this story and now can't seem to find more detail. Does anyone else remember? Thanks!
  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Reading your post has made me curious too, hope there's more to the legend!
  3. Apple Key macrumors 6502a

    Apple Key

    Jan 4, 2012
    Sounds really interesting. I hope someone has some more information about it.

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