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What is a killfile?

 
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I've seen this word a few times now. What does it mean in programming? Thanks.
 
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This comes from news reading programs like rn, used to browse newsgroups on Usenet. Many groups had such high volume that it was necessary to develop filtering mechanisms. A killfile is a file containing a list of rules for removing posts from a your view. You can't actually remove someone else's posts from usenet, but you can make sure you never see them again. Hence the posts are "killed" as far as you are concerned. The most popular use of this is to kill all posts from a particular user - if you decide that that persons posts are always going to be without merit, you "killfile" that person, and you never see anything they write again.
[ February 10, 2002: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
 
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Thanks very much Jim. It's all very clear now.
 
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