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     #======= THIS IS THE JARGON FILE, VERSION 4.3.1, 29 JUN 2001 =======#
     This is the Jargon File, a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang
     illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.
     This document (the Jargon File) is in the public domain, to be freely
     used, shared, and modified. There are (by intention) no legal restraints on
     what you can do with it, but there are traditions about its proper use to
     which many hackers are quite strongly attached. Please extend the courtesy
     of proper citation when you quote the File, ideally with a version number,
     as it will change and grow over time. (Examples of appropriate citation
     form: "Jargon File 4.3.1" or "The on-line hacker Jargon File, version
     4.3.1, 29 JUN 2001".)
     The Jargon File is a common heritage of the hacker culture. Over the
     years a number of individuals have volunteered considerable time to
     maintaining the File and been recognized by the net at large as editors of
     it. Editorial responsibilities include: to collate contributions and
     suggestions from others; to seek out corroborating information; to
     cross-reference related entries; to keep the file in a consistent format;
     and to announce and distribute updated versions periodically. Current
     volunteer editors include:
     Eric Raymond <>
     Although there is no requirement that you do so, it is considered good
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     commercial product. We may have additional information that would be
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     the letter of the File but its spirit as well.
     All contributions and suggestions about this file sent to a volunteer
     editor are gratefully received and will be regarded, unless otherwise
     labelled, as freely given donations for possible use as part of this
     public-domain file.
     From time to time a snapshot of this file has been polished, edited, and
     formatted for commercial publication with the cooperation of the volunteer
     editors and the hacker community at large. If you wish to have a bound
     paper copy of this file, you may find it convenient to purchase one of
     these. They often contain additional material not found in on-line
     versions. The two `authorized' editions so far are described in the
     Revision History section; there may be more in the future.
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