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foobar


foobar


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  foobar  n.  [very  common]  Another  widely  used  {metasyntactic 
  variable};  see  {foo}  for  etymology.  Probably  originally  propagated 
  through  DECsystem  manuals  by  Digital  Equipment  Corporation  ({DEC}) 
  in  1960s  and  early  1970s;  confirmed  sightings  there  go  back  to  1972. 
  Hackers  do  _not_  generally  use  this  to  mean  {FUBAR}  in  either  the  slang 
  or  jargon  sense  See  also  {Fred  Foobar}.  In  RFC1639,  FOOBAR"  was 
  made  an  abbreviation  for  "FTP  Operation  Over  Big  Address  Records",  but 
  this  was  an  obvious  {backronym}.  It  has  been  plausibly  suggested  that 
  foobar"  spread  among  early  computer  engineers  partly  because  of  FUBAR 
  and  partly  and  partly  because  "foo  bar"  parses  in  electronics  techspeak 
  as  an  inverted  foo  signal;  if  a 
  digital  signal  is  coded  so  that  a  positive  voltage  or  high  current 
  condition  represents  a  "1",  then  a  horizontal  bar  is  commonly  placed 
  over  the  signal  label. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  foobar 
 
  Another  common  {metasyntactic  variable};  see  {foo}.  Hackers 
  do  *not*  generally  use  this  to  mean  {FUBAR}  in  either  the 
  slang  or  jargon  sense 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FOOBAR 
  FTP  Operation  Over  Big  Address  Records  (RFC  1639,  FTP)