<programming> A first-in first-out data structure used to sequence
multiple demands for a resource such as a printer, processor or communications
channel. Objects are added to the tail of the queue and taken off the head.
A typical use of queues in an operating system involves a user command which
places something on a queue, e.g. a file on a printer queue or a job on a job
queue, and a background process or "demon" which takes things off and processes
them (e.g. prints or executes them). Another common use is to pass data between
an interrupt handler and a user process.
ques « Quest « question mark « queue » Queued
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