= H =
[from `hung up'; common] Equivalent to
wedged, but more common at Unix/C sites. Not generally used
of people. Syn. with locked up, wedged; compare
hosed. See also hang. A hung state is distinguished
from crashed or down, where the program or system is also
unusable but because it is not running rather than because it is
waiting for something. However, the recovery from both situations
is often the same. It is also distinguished from the similar but
more drastic state wedged - hung software can be woken up
with easy things like interrupt keys, but wedged will need a kill
-9 or even reboot.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.