(FCB) An MS-DOS data structure that stores information about an open file. The number of FCBs is configured in CONFIG.SYS with a command
where x (between 1 and 255 inclusive, default 4) specifies the number of file control blocks to allocate and therefore the number of files that MS-DOS can have open at one time. y (not needed from DOS 5.0 onward) specifies the number of files to be closed automatically if all x are in use.
- File descriptor
programming, operating system An integer that identifies an open file within a process. This number is obtained as a result of opening a file. Operations which read, write, or close a file would take the file descriptor as an input parameter. In many operating system implementations, file descriptors are small integers which index a table […]
- File descriptor leak
programming (Or “fd leak” /F D leek/) A kind of programming bug analogous to a core leak, in which a program fails to close file descriptors (“fd”s) after file operations are completed, and thus eventually runs out of them. See leak. (1994-11-30)
software A database application developed by Claris. It is currently the leading database application for the Macintosh and is the second most popular standalone package for Windows. (1998-02-18)
[fahyl-neym] /ˈfaɪlˌneɪm/ noun 1. an identifying name given to an electronically stored computer file, conforming to limitations imposed by the operating system, as in length or restricted choice of characters. /ˈfaɪlˌneɪm/ noun 1. an arrangement of characters that enables a computer system to permit the user to have access to a particular file filename (fīl’nām’) […]