Written by Alan Silverstein, Hewlett Packard, circa 1983:
PLACE(1) Parody Systems PLACE(1)If there is not a supply of compatible electric power at the new location, the system usually crashes before place finishes writing accounting information to /usr/adm/wtmp.
place - print and set the system location
place [ [-v] [-]ddmmss[-]dddmmss ] [ +format ]
If no argument is given, or if the argument begins with ``+'', the current location (latitude and longitude) are printed. Otherwise, the current location is set by teleporting the system. The first dd is the degrees of latitude (negative for south); mm is the minutes of latitude; ss is the seconds of latitude. The second ddd is the degrees of longitude (negative for west); and so on. For example:
sets the location of the system to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado. The correct altitude is automatically provided and cannot be specified. The system operates in feet. Place takes care of the conversion to and from local standard measurement units.
When a new location is set, all logged-in terminals and users are transported along with all other system peripherals.
If the -v (verbose) option is specified when a new location is set, place prints a running description of the locations the system passes through enroute to the given destination. Note that this can slow down transport time considerably, from instantaneous to however long it takes to print the description to standard output. This option is not recommended if stdout is a terminal connected at less than 4800 baud, since hitting BREAK can leave the system stranded.
Attempting to set the place off-planet generates a warning, and requires an extra confirmation from the (super)user.
If the argument begins with ``+'', the output of place is under the control of the user. The format for the output is similar to that of date(1). All output fields which use hours, minutes, or seconds are applicable (substitute "degrees" for hours, where appropriate).
Place writes an accounting record on the file /usr/adm/wtmp.
No permission -- If you aren't the super-user and you try to move the system.
bad conversion --If the place set is syntactically incorrect, or below sea level.
bad format character-- If the field descriptor is not recognizable.
FILES /dev/kmem /usr/adm/wtmp /usr/lib/altitudes
AUTHOR Alan Silverstein, Hewlett-Packard
SEE ALSO date(1), whereami(1)
This command should not be used on systems connected to a Local Area Network, for obvious reasons.