cooked mode /n./ [Unix, by opposition from raw mode] The
normal character-input mode, with interrupts enabled and with
erase, kill and other special-character interpretations performed
directly by the tty driver. Oppose raw mode, rare mode.
This term is techspeak under Unix but jargon elsewhere; other
operating systems often have similar mode distinctions, and the
raw/rare/cooked way of describing them has spread widely along with
the C language and other Unix exports. Most generally, `cooked
mode' may refer to any mode of a system that does extensive
preprocessing before presenting data to a program.
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