@codesections Would the difference simply be that Unix is simple the same way the whole way down, while your example, the type of 'simple' changes as you descend layers of abstraction (first unixy, but on the inside, each of those tools if very un-Unixy)

Alternatively, is that it isn't actually Unix-simple, because while the tools are purpose-built, the problem they "simply solve" wasn't specified with the same rigidity Unix would've?

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...My last point there has me wondering if a crucial part of Unix philosophy isn't simple tools /built for well-specified problems/ - with the specification of the problem being an often-skipped step of things, leading to Unix-y solutions for problems that... aren't Unix-y in spirit at all, so the Unixy solutions... suck?

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