When you watch presentations about Plan 9 and its
acme editor you might notice that the name for copy is snarf (I wasn't able to find any meaningful explanation unfortunately).
Why is it so?
Is there a reason for that? Was it done to create a unique name for this functionality as copy might not be the best name?
Snarf, a term used for the "copy" operation in the Blit and Plan 9 windowing systems.
There's another menu available with a mid-click; Cut and Paste are pretty self-explanatory, and Snarf is just the Plan 9 word for Copy.
Using either/both acme under Plan 9 and/or Mac OS X via plan9port, is there a "file" that can be opened in acme that displays the current contents of the acme snarf buffer?
So it looks like that there is something like a snarf buffer and a file (obviously there must be a file for that buffer) called
Characters typed on the keyboard replace the selected text; if this text is not empty, it is placed in a snarf buffer common to all windows but distinct from that of sam(1).
Editing operations are selected from a menu on button 2. The cut operation deletes the selected text from the screen and puts it in the snarf buffer; snarf copies the selected text to the buffer without deleting it; paste replaces the selected text with the contents of the buffer; and send copies the snarf buffer to just after the output point, adding a final newline if missing. Paste will sometimes and send will always place text after the output point; the text so placed will behave exactly as described above. Therefore when pasting text containing newlines after the output point, it may be prudent to turn on hold mode first.
'Snarf': called copy in most other editors
(informal) to eat or drink greedily
(contemporary) to grab something in greed, esp. without permission
(Unix) To fetch a file or set of files across a network. See also blast.
The clipboard is called by the unfortunate name “snarf buffer” in Inferno and Plan 9.