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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
Same as down. Used primarily by Unix hackers. Humorous: also implies a
condition thought to be relatively easy to reverse. Probably derived from
the Canadian slang ?hoser? popularized by the Bob and Doug Mackenzie skits
on SCTV, but this usage predated SCTV by years in hackerdom (it was
certainly already live at CMU in the 1970s). See hose. It is also widely
used of people in the mainstream sense of ?in an extremely unfortunate
Once upon a time, a Cray that had been experiencing periodic difficulties
crashed, and it was announced to have been hosed. It was discovered that
the crash was due to the disconnection of some coolant hoses. The problem
was corrected, and users were then assured that everything was OK because
the system had been rehosed. See also dehose.
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