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Old 11-01-2010, 09:44 AM   #1
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I stated what I thought the subject stood for; "bull s**t storage" and heard a lot of other definitions. Upon checking wikipedia, I did not find what I understood it meant:
 "In computer programming, the name .bss or bss is used by many compilers and linkers for a part of the data segment containing statically-allocated variables represented solely by zero-valued bits initially (i.e., when execution begins). It is often referred to as the "bss section" or "bss segment".
It may be that I first heard it in 1961 while coding on a Swedish machine with rotating magnetic drum main storage. It was uninitialized and an often source of errors due to addressing errors.

Just wondering if others had a similar understanding...

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Almost every acronym or word used in IT is used for more than one purpose and has different meanings depending on who uses it.

I worked on Andersen's (now Accenture) case tool called Foundation and it called its runs "instances". Later when I started working on Oracle I found it called each database an "instance".

For years I knew "core" files to be memory core dumps from processes that had died. Later Oracle and others started using that as a directory name. (Which caused issues as many folks had cron jobs to delete "core" files periodically.)

I'm not picking on Oracle - just happens to be two examples of which I can think.

That is why often when posting/emailing a message I will first put the full name then follow it with the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses on first use within the post. e.g. Logical Volume (LV). Then when I use LV later in the post it should be clear I mean Logical Volume rather than lefthanded vertebrate as some zoologist that dabbles in Linux might think.

P.S. There's been many a post at LQ that I opened thinking I might be able to assist only to find the acronym or word they used in the title has nothing to do with what I thought when I saw that acronym or word.

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