1.   (compiler)   A huge volume of spurious error-messages output by a compiler with poor error recovery. Too frequently, one trivial syntax error (such as a missing ")" or "}") throws the parser out of synch so that much of the remaining program text, whether correct or not, is interpreted as garbaged or ill-formed.

2.   (messaging)   A chain of Usenet followups, each adding some trivial variation or riposte to the text of the previous one, all of which is reproduced in the new message; an include war in which the object is to create a sort of communal graffito.

3.   (networking)   A collection of interconneced networking devices, typically hubs, that allows those devices to act together as a logical repeater.

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Last updated: 1997-07-17