re of the manual labor required for some task,

particularly one of the sort that automation is supposed to eliminate. "Composing English on paper has much higher manularity than using a text editor, especially in the revising stage." Hackers tend to consider manularity a symptom of primitive methods; in fact, a true hacker confronted with an apparent requirement to do a computing task by hand will inevitably seize the opportunity to build another tool (see toolsmith).

[Jargon File]

Last updated: 1994-10-26

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re of the manual labor required for some task,mitive methods; in fact, a true hacker

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