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prowler

[prou-ler] /ˈpraʊ lər/
noun
1.
a person or animal that prowls.
2.
a person who goes stealthily about with some unlawful intention, as to commit a burglary or theft.
Origin of prowler
1510-1520
1510-20; prowl + -er1
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Word Origin and History for prowler
n.

1510s, proller, agent noun from prowl (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prowler in Technology


(Unix) A daemon that is run periodically (typically once a week) to seek out and erase core files, truncate administrative logfiles, nuke "lost+found" directories, and otherwise clean up the cruft that tends to pile up in the corners of a file system.
See also GFR, reaper, skulker.
(1995-02-14)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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