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
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