Definitions

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  • n. A serious mistake.
  • n. A metasyntactic variable name, a place holder for words; compare foo, bar.

Etymologies

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Phonetic spelling of “FUBAR”, an acronym for “Fucked up beyond all recognition”, itself presumably from foo.

Examples

  • I thought this was pretty cool treguly@ns: ~$ host - t txt foobar. wp.dg.cx descriptive text "The term foobar is a common placeholder name, also referred to as metasyntactic variable, used in computer programming or computer-related documentation.

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  • The only thing I find that it lacks is being able to embed album art into the tag .... for which MP3Tag+Albumart downloader does a good job (both can be easily run from within foobar, which makes it a bit easier)

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  • RailsSpace. com/profile/foobar will look for an action called foobar, which isn't what we want at all.

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  • Which is playing on foobar, which is the greatest player program ever.

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  • For example, to run a second queue called foobar, you might use:./bin/torque-process -- queue_name = foobar

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  • Otherwise, there would be no way to tell the difference between screen name foobar/password bazquux and screen name foobarb/password azquux, since both would have the same combination foobarbazquux.

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  • Note: The reason to avoid this template naming convention for publicly released Themes is to avoid surprising users that create a page with the "- foobar" slug and expect the default template.

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  • Themes is to avoid surprising users that create a page with the "- foobar" slug and expect the default template.

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  • Improved search with fulltext search with CONTAINS () to do queries like SELECT cmis: name FROM cmis: document WHERE CONTAINS ( 'foobar').

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  • For example, the pattern: foo\Kbar matches "foobar", but reports that it has matched "bar".

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  • FOOBAR is an alternative spelling of "FUBAR". While FUBAR has its origins in military contexts, FOOBAR seems to have grown primarily within the computer software world. Some early systems created error log files with the filename "foobar.txt" Also, note that "FOO" and "BAR" are often used as names for generic alternatives when discussing computer algorithms.

    June 9, 2009

  • kind of like fubar "fucked up beyond all recognition"

    June 7, 2009

  • If "FUBAR"= "Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition", what do the two O's stand for?

    signed, confuzzled and/or ignant

    October 5, 2007

  • See also fubar

    December 17, 2006