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Word description
Starts the front-end processor (FEP), which is a low-level debugger which can inspect memory addresses and the like. The FEP is also entered when a critical error occurs.

Notes
The term FEP originates from the Lisp machines of old. According to the Jargon File,

fepped out /fept owt/ adj. The Symbolics 3600 LISP Machine has a Front-End Processor called a `FEP' (compare sense 2 of box). When the main processor gets wedged, the FEP takes control of the keyboard and screen. Such a machine is said to have `fepped out' or `dropped into the fep'.

http://www.jargon.net/jargonfile/f/feppedout.html

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