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spool file

spool file: n. Any file to which data is spooled to await the
   next stage of processing.  Especially used in circumstances where
   spooling the data copes with a mismatch between speeds in two
   devices or pieces of software.  For example, when you send mail
   under UNIX, it's typically copied to a spool file to await a
   transport demon's attentions.  This is borderline techspeak.