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For those intrigued as I was here is a link to Symbol documentation. And a brief cut'n'past from aforementioned docs ...

Symbol::gensym creates an anonymous glob and returns a reference to it. Such a glob reference can be used as a file or directory handle.

A search found it used to open a bunch of file handled in the days before you could do lexical file handles (see first answer in Open file issues)

Cheers,
R.

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In reply to Re^2: Of Symbol Tables and Globs by Random_Walk
in thread Of Symbol Tables and Globs by broquaint

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