An unused block of bits left in a binary so that it can later be modified by
insertion of machine-language instructions there (typically, the patch space is
modified to contain new code, and the superseded code is patched to contain a
jump or call to the patch space). The widening use of HLLs has made this term
rare; it is now primarily historical outside IBM shops. See patch, zap, hook.
PAT « patch « patch pumpkin « patch space »
PATCHY » path » path coverage testing