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According to The New Hacker's Dictionary , munge (pronounced MUHNJ ) is (1) a verb, used in a derogatory sense, meaning to imperfectly transform information, or (2) a noun meaning a comprehensive rewrite of a routine, data structure, or the whole program.

The editor of The New Hacker's Dictionary relates munge to mung , a verb meaning to make large-scale changes to a file or to destroy something, accidentally or maliciously. Mung was reported to be an acronym for "Mash until no good."

This was last updated in April 2005
Contributor(s): Graham Bartlett
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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