Terms for program failure (was Re: Compiled vs Assembled)
- Hi all,
"Bill Sudbrink" <wh.sudbrink@...> posted:
> What sorts of "a bad thing happens" phrases are you familiar with?Two of the more descriptive phrases I've encountered are: "off into
> Everything from the rather vulgar "vomit" to the almost elegant
> "errant pointer". The mathematical "infinite loop" to the silly
> "fruitless loop" (a favorite of my boss at SSA). "Fence post error",
> "off by one error", "overflow"...
hyperspace," for a program which has begun executing from an undefined
address, and "cratered," which I first encountered in reference to a
power supply which had suffered extreme hardware failure. It fits well
for some software problems too, though.
A less extreme pair of examples are "scribbled on" or "stomped on" for
something being overwritten, such as registers, a pointer or a stack.
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- When I started my career at IBM and DuPont a bug meant this: * (an asterisk).
I recently helped write the definition for the term "bug" for the U.S
Senate for contract work. But I don't want to get into it.. yawn.