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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I stated what I thought the subject stood for; "bull s**t storage" and heard a lot of other definitions. Upon checking wikipedia, I did not find what I understood it meant: Code: "In computer programming, the name .bss or bss is used by many compilers and linkers for a part of the data segment containing statically-allocated variables represented solely by zero-valued bits initially (i.e., when execution begins). It is often referred to as the "bss section" or "bss segment". It may be that I first heard it in 1961 while coding on a Swedish machine with ro (HowTos)