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dwim


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  DWIM  /dwim/  [acronym,  `Do  What  I  Mean']  1.  adj  Able  to  guess, 
  sometimes  even  correctly,  the  result  intended  when  bogus  input  was 
  provided.  2.  n.  obs.  The  BBNLISP/INTERLISP  function  that  attempted 
  to  accomplish  this  feat  by  correcting  many  of  the  more  common  errors. 
  See  {hairy}.  3.  Occasionally,  an  interjection  hurled  at  a  balky 
  computer,  esp.  when  one  senses  one  might  be  tripping  over  legalisms 
  (see  {legalese}).  4.  Of  a  person,  someone  whose  directions  are 
  incomprehensible  and  vague,  but  who  nevertheless  has  the  expectation  that 
  you  will  solve  the  problem  using  the  specific  method  he/she  has  in  mind. 
 
  Warren  Teitelman  originally  wrote  DWIM  to  fix  his  typos  and 
  spelling  errors,  so  it  was  somewhat  idiosyncratic  to  his  style,  and 
  would  often  make  hash  of  anyone  else's  typos  if  they  were  stylistically 
  different.  Some  victims  of  DWIM  thus  claimed  that  the  acronym  stood  for 
  `Damn  Warren's  Infernal  Machine!'. 
 
  In  one  notorious  incident,  Warren  added  a  DWIM  feature  to  the 
  command  interpreter  used  at  Xerox  PARC.  One  day  another  hacker  there 
  typed  `delete  *$'  to  free  up  some  disk  space.  (The  editor  there  named 
  backup  files  by  appending  `$'  to  the  original  file  name  so  he  was 
  trying  to  delete  any  backup  files  left  over  from  old  editing  sessions.) 
  It  happened  that  there  weren't  any  editor  backup  files,  so  DWIM  helpfully 
  reported  `*$  not  found  assuming  you  meant  'delete  *'.'  It  then  started 
  to  delete  all  the  files  on  the  disk!  The  hacker  managed  to  stop  it  with 
  a  {Vulcan  nerve  pinch}  after  only  a  half  dozen  or  so  files  were  lost. 
 
  The  disgruntled  victim  later  said  he  had  been  sorely  tempted  to  go 
  to  Warren's  office,  tie  Warren  down  in  his  chair  in  front  of  his 
  workstation,  and  then  type  `delete  *$'  twice. 
 
  DWIM  is  often  suggested  in  jest  as  a  desired  feature  for  a  complex 
  program;  it  is  also  occasionally  described  as  the  single  instruction  the 
  ideal  computer  would  have  Back  when  proofs  of  program  correctness  were 
  in  vogue,  there  were  also  jokes  about  `DWIMC'  (Do  What  I  Mean  Correctly). 
  A  related  term,  more  often  seen  as  a  verb  is  DTRT  (Do  The  Right  Thing); 
  see  {Right  Thing}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  DWIM 
 
  /dwim/  [acronym,  "Do  What  I  Mean"  (not  what  I  say)]  1.  Able  to 
  guess,  sometimes  even  correctly,  the  result  intended  when 
  bogus  input  was  provided. 
 
  2.  The  BBNLISP/INTERLISP  function  that  attempted  to  accomplish 
  this  feat  by  correcting  many  of  the  more  common  errors.  See 
  {hairy}. 
 
  3.  Occasionally,  an  interjection  hurled  at  a  balky  computer, 
  especially  when  one  senses  one  might  be  tripping  over 
  legalisms  (see  {legalese}). 
 
  Warren  Teitelman  originally  wrote  DWIM  to  fix  his  typos  and 
  spelling  errors,  so  it  was  somewhat  idiosyncratic  to  his 
  style,  and  would  often  make  hash  of  anyone  else's  typos  if 
  they  were  stylistically  different.  Some  victims  of  DWIM  thus 
  claimed  that  the  acronym  stood  for  "Damn  Warren's  Infernal 
  Machine!'. 
 
  In  one  notorious  incident,  Warren  added  a  DWIM  feature  to  the 
  command  interpreter  used  at  {Xerox  PARC}.  One  day  another 
  hacker  there  typed  "delete  *$"  to  free  up  some  disk  space. 
  (The  editor  there  named  backup  files  by  appending  "$"  to  the 
  original  file  name  so  he  was  trying  to  delete  any  backup 
  files  left  over  from  old  editing  sessions.)  It  happened  that 
  there  weren't  any  editor  backup  files,  so  DWIM  helpfully 
  reported  "*$  not  found  assuming  you  meant  'delete  *'".  It 
  then  started  to  delete  all  the  files  on  the  disk!  The  hacker 
  managed  to  stop  it  with  a  {Vulcan  nerve  pinch}  after  only  a 
  half  dozen  or  so  files  were  lost. 
 
  The  disgruntled  victim  later  said  he  had  been  sorely  tempted 
  to  go  to  Warren's  office,  tie  Warren  down  in  his  chair  in 
  front  of  his  workstation,  and  then  type  "delete  *$"  twice. 
 
  DWIM  is  often  suggested  in  jest  as  a  desired  feature  for  a 
  complex  program;  it  is  also  occasionally  described  as  the 
  single  instruction  the  ideal  computer  would  have  Back  when 
  proofs  of  program  correctness  were  in  vogue,  there  were  also 
  jokes  about  DWIMC"  (Do  What  I  Mean  Correctly).  A  related 
  term,  more  often  seen  as  a  verb  is  DTRT  (Do  The  Right  Thing); 
  see  {Right  Thing}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  DWIM 
  Do  What  I  Mean  (DFUe,  Usenet,  IRC)