The mainframes of the day, and even the time sharing systems built on them, treated file creation as a big deal.
In the Honeywell time sharing system, you created files by entering a file-creation subsystem, where you were interactively asked 10 questions, including the device name, initial size, maximum size, record size, blocking factor (don't ask!) and who was allowed to write the file and who was not allowed to read it. After answering these questions, the subsystem begged the OS to create a file -- much of the time, it was allergic to one of the answers, and required you to go through all the questions again. If you got through the process unscathed, the system printed out "Successful!"
(yes, the exclamation point was there).'