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programming A first-in first-out data structure used to
sequence multiple demands for a resource such as a printer,
processor or communications channel. Objects are added to
the tail of the queue and taken off the head.
A typical use of queues in an operating system involves a
user command which places something on a queue, e.g. a file on
a printer queue or a job on a job queue, and a background
process or "demon" which takes things off and processes them
(e.g. prints or executes them). Another common use is to pass
data between an interrupt handler and a user process.