= C =
[very common; back-formation from
crufty] 1. n. An unpleasant substance. The dust that
gathers under your bed is cruft; the TMRC Dictionary correctly
noted that attacking it with a broom only produces more. 2. n.
The results of shoddy construction. 3. vt. [from `hand
cruft', pun on `hand craft'] To write assembler code for
something normally (and better) done by a compiler (see
hand-hacking). 4. n. Excess; superfluous junk; used
esp. of redundant or superseded code. 5. [University of
Wisconsin] n. Cruft is to hackers as gaggle is to geese; that
is, at UW one properly says "a cruft of hackers".
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.