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 for Hacking X for Y
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Hacking X for Y
   n.
  
      [ITS] Ritual phrasing of part of the information which ITS made publicly
      available about each user. This information (the INQUIR record) was a sort
      of form in which the user could fill out various fields. On display, two of
      these fields were always combined into a project description of the form ?
      Hacking X for Y? (e.g., ?Hacking perceptrons for Minsky?). This form of
      description became traditional and has since been carried over to other
      systems with more general facilities for self-advertisement (such as Unix {
      plan files).
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Hacking X for Y
  
     [ITS] Ritual phrasing of part of the information which ITS
     made publicly available about each user.  This information
     (the INQUIR record) was a sort of form in which the user could
     fill out various fields.  On display, two of these fields were
     always combined into a project description of the form
     "Hacking X for Y" (e.g. ""Hacking perceptrons for Minsky"").
     This form of description became traditional and has since been
     carried over to other systems with more general facilities for
     self-advertisement (such as Unix plan files).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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