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Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
provocative maintenance
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[Common ironic mutation of "preventive maintenance"] Actions
performed upon a machine at regularly scheduled intervals to
ensure that the system remains in a usable state. So called
because it is all too often performed by a field servoid who
doesn't know what he is doing; such "maintenance" often
*induces* problems, or otherwise results in the machine's
remaining in an *un*usable state for an indeterminate amount
of time. See also scratch monkey.