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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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. The police source said: "It's vital that CIB3 investigators remain anonymous so they can infiltrate corrupt rings.