Definitions

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  • n. Any small device or object (usually hand-sized) which can be manipulated.
  • v. To manipulate objects considered to be frobs.

Etymologies

It was adopted by the community of computer programmers which grew out of the MIT Tech Model Railroad Club in the 1950s, and allegedly among the oldest existing words in hacker jargon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I call flickr. auth.getToken with a frob returned by flickr. auth.getFrob, I get error code 108: Invalid frob.

    Scripting News for 11/12/07 « Scripting News Annex

  • “The specified frob does not exist or has already been used.”

    Scripting News for 11/12/07 « Scripting News Annex

  • I spent most of today trying to understand, again, what a token is and a frob and how they relate.

    Scripting News for 11/12/07 « Scripting News Annex

  • Frobnicate (Often abbreviated to frob): To manipulate, adjust or tweak something, as in "Please frob the light switch."

    Live Wires

  • You first need to frob the blurble and then blah blah blah blah.

    Site Home

  • I'm hitting a problem with SHFileOperation when using it to frob files in the gonzo directory when the user's SID ends in an odd number.

    The Old New Thing

  • Or if you have some common cases you can mention them in patterns: foo 5 = frob 5 foo x = frob x

    Netvouz - new bookmarks

  • The sunrays were "bear" in various languages (oso, medved, ursa), and later they had words from the hacker's dictionary (foo, bar, baz, frob)

    Slashdot

  • Of course, as these things go, I fully expect that someone will tell me "install the Blahonga module and you get it" or "buh, all you need to to is to frob around in the config and it's there!" and that would be fine, too.

    Planet Lisp

  • But when I try to upload using kflicker it fails to authenicate with an "invalid frob" error.

    PCLinuxOS-Forums

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  • To manipulate knobs and controls on an electronic object to see what they do (according to NPR's Says You).

    October 25, 2014