A software change that is neither forward- nor backward-compatible, and which is costly to make and costly to reverse. E.g. "Can we install that without causing a flag day for all users?"This term has nothing to do with the use of the word flag to mean a variable that has two values. It came into use when a massive change was made to the Multics time-sharing system to convert from the old ASCII code to the new one; this was scheduled for Flag Day (a US holiday), June 14, 1966. See also backward combatability, lock-in. [Jargon File]
Last updated: 1998-01-15
fk ♦ FL ♦ F+L ♦ flag ♦ flag day ♦ FLAIR ♦ flaky ♦ flamage ♦ flame ♦ flame bait
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