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<operating system, storage> A single file containing flat ASCII representing or encoding some structure, e.g. a
database, tree or network.
Flat files can be processed with general purpose tools such as
Perl and text editors but are less efficient than binary files if they must be parsed repeatedly by a program. Flat
files are more portable between different operating systems
and application programs than binary files, and are more
easily transmitted in electronic mail.
See also flatten, sharchive.
Nearby terms: flat « flat address space « flat ASCII « flat file » flat file database » flatten » flat thunk
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