Russell Allen mail at
Tue Sep 16 02:58:54 UTC 2014

I think it was Vernor Vinge's Fire Upon the Deep that has computer archeologists who don't so much program as decypher ancient computer systems. Self is at times a bit like that, though hopefully I won't awaken a hostile weakly godlike AI :)

Exhibit A, a comment in "globals sunLinker loadPath: fpath IfFail: errBlk":

If the scheduler is running _Dlopen has to be wrapped with
     unixGlobals os_file stopAsync and startAsync to avoid undefined status of
     stdin, stdout, and stderr in case the dynamic linker decides to 
     abort this unix process. April 92, LB

I wonder whether this bug, whatever it was, has been fixed since 1992 :)


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