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Meaning of DRAGON

Pronunciation:  'dragun

Matching Terms:  dragoman, dragon arum, dragon book, dragon lizard, dragon tree, dragon well, dragonet, dragonfly, dragonhead, dragonish, dragonlike, dragonnade, dragon's blood, dragon's eye, dragon's head, dragon's mouth, dragoon, dragoonade, dragooner

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  1. 1. An esprit project aimed at providing effective support to reuse in real-time distributed ada application programs.

    2. An implementation language used by bti computer systems.

    E-mail: Pat Helland <helland@hal.com>.

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  2. [MIT] A program similar to a daemon, except that it is not invoked at all, but is instead used by the system to perform various secondary tasks. A typical example would be an accounting program, which keeps track of who is logged in, accumulates load-average statistics, etc. Under ITS, many terminals displayed a list of people logged in, where they were, what they were running, etc., along with some random picture (such as a unicorn, Snoopy or the Enterprise), which was generated by the "name dragon". Use is rare outside mit, under unix and most other operating systems this would be called a "background demon" or daemon. The best-known Unix example of a dragon is cron. At sail, they called this sort of thing a "phantom".

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