dummy file

dummy file

[′dəm·ē ′fīl]
(computer science)
A nonexistent file which is treated by a computer program as if it were receiving its output data, when in fact the data are being ignored; used to suppress the creation of files that are needed only occasionally.
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While this simulation used only one dummy file as specified in the traditional model of poolwriting, some researchers have suggested that extra dummy files may improve the file distribution.
On the one hand, the authors recommend not lying to the subject, but then they suggest that a dummy file be created, with the subject's name writ large upon the cover, and left in plain view on the interview table.
This is now only a "front office" with a skeleton staff and dummy files.