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Meaning of SPONGE

Pronunciation:  spunj

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A special case of a unix filter that reads its entire input before writing any output; the canonical example is a sort utility. Unlike most filters, a sponge can conveniently overwrite the input file with the output data stream. If a file system has file versioning (as its did and vms does now) the sponge/filter distinction loses its usefulness, because directing filter output would just write a new version.

See also slurp.

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