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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[from the Unix null device, used as a data sink] A notional ?black hole? in
any information space being discussed, used, or referred to. A
controversial posting, for example, might end ?Kudos to
email@example.com, flames to /dev/null?. See bit bucket.
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :
The Unix software device that discards any
data written to it and supplies zero bytes of data when read.
/dev/null is occasionally useful in situations where a file is
required but no relevant file exists.
For example, if a program produced lots of output for debugging
purposes but that output was not required when the program was
deployed in a production environment and writing it to a file
would waste disk space then the output could be written to
The term is used for a notional "black hole" in any information
space. For example, a message, might end, "Kudos to
firstname.lastname@example.org, flames to /dev/null".
See bit bucket.
Contactemail@example.com Specification=RFC 2229