This is The New Hacker's Dictionary (aka the Jargon File), a mirror copy of that hosted by Eric S. Raymond at

It is mirrored from the master source using HTTrack, which preserves the bytecodes in the pages, unlike wget which converts them to 8-bit and munges them.

What is this repository for?

  • I'm keeping the mirrored files from as "pristine" as I can, with changes made for my own hosting at (such as: not putting the full 81MB "old versions" onto the GitHub Pages CDN) done as simple .patch files
  • Version: 4.4.7 -- I endeavour to keep up with the latest from

How do I get set up?

TBA - I want to put my own instructions for hosting at my own site here, which in a nutshell would be: clone, patch, put only the jargon directory into the github pages root, git add, git push.

  • Summary of set up
  • Configuration
  • Dependencies
  • Database configuration
  • How to run tests
  • Deployment instructions

Contribution guidelines

  • The Jargon File is legally a Public Domain document, however do please respect the conventions outlined in the Files's "Mirroring and Redistributing the Jargon File" section (jargon/
  • For updates to this Bitbucket mirror, you can fork it and do whatever you like, though any pull requests will be gratefully considered.

Who do I talk to?

  • For updates in this mirror:
  • For discussing the content itself: Any of the Editors mentioned in the File's "Welcome to the Jargon File" section (jargon/