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 for banana problem
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  banana problem
   n.
  
      [from the story of the little girl who said ?I know how to spell ?banana?,
      but I don't know when to stop?]. Not knowing where or when to bring a
      production to a close (compare fencepost error). One may say there is a
      banana problem of an algorithm with poorly defined or incorrect termination
      conditions, or in discussing the evolution of a design that may be
      succumbing to featuritis (see also creeping elegance, creeping
      featuritis). See item 176 under HAKMEM, which describes a banana problem
      in a Dissociated Press implementation. Also, see one-banana problem for
      a superficially similar but unrelated usage.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  banana problem
  banana phenomenon
  
      From the story of the little girl who
     said "I know how to spell "banana", but I don't know when to
     stop".  Not knowing where or when to bring a production to a
     close (compare fencepost error).  One may say "there is a
     banana problem" of an algorithm with poorly defined or
     incorrect termination conditions, or in discussing the
     evolution of a design that may be succumbing to featuritis
     (see also creeping elegance, creeping featuritis).
  
     HAKMEM item 176 describes a banana problem in a Dissociated
     Press implementation.  Also, see one-banana problem for a
     superficially similar but unrelated usage.
  
     (2010-03-20)
  

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