1. A bug in some now-obsolete versions of the Usenet software that used to eat up to BUFSIZ bytes of the article text. The bug was triggered by having the text of the article start with a space or tab. This bug was quickly personified as a mythical creature called the “line eater”, and postings often included a dummy line of “line eater food”. Ironically, line eater “food” not beginning with a space or tab wasn’t actually eaten, since the bug was avoided; but if there *was* a space or tab before it, then the line eater would eat the food *and* the beginning of the text it was supposed to be protecting. The practice of “sacrificing to the line eater” continued for some time after the bug had been nailed to the wall, and is still humorously referred to. The bug itself is still (in mid-1991) occasionally reported to be lurking in some mail-to-netnews gateways.
2. NSA line eater.
- Line editor
tool, text An early kind of text editor suited to use on a teletype. The user enters editing commands which apply to the current line or some given range of lines. These include moving forward and backward through the buffer, inserting and deleting lines, substituting a string for a pattern match, and printing lines. Visual […]
noun 1. a technique of engraving in which all effects are produced by variations in the width and density of lines incised with a burin. 2. a metal plate so engraved. 3. a print or picture made from it. noun 1. the art or process of hand-engraving in intaglio and copper plate 2. a plate […]
- Line fish
noun 1. (South African) fish caught by lines rather than nets
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