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Meaning of PROCRUSTEAN STRING

 
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A fixed-length string. If a string value is too long for the allocated space, it is truncated to fit; and if it is shorter, the empty space is padded, usually with space characters.

This is an allusion to Procrustes, a legendary robber of ancient Attica. He bound his victims to a bed, and if they were longer than the bed, he stretched their limbs until they would fit; if their limbs were longer, he lopped them off.

 

 

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