[TRLog] crashes

Kenneth E. Harker kharker@cs.utexas.edu
Mon, 13 Sep 1999 12:21:20 -0500

On Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 05:21:26AM -0000, Tree Tyree N6TR wrote:
> > The PC crashed like six more times in the contest, five of which were of the 
> > "spontaneous reboot" variety.  One of them was a lock-up.  That time, the 
> > call window said:
> > 
> > K5LLL !@+%&\*(
> The ( indicates that the program is about to do the floppy save feature.  
> The ) character would appear if the save was done successfully.

I think that must have been what it was.  I had FLOPPY FILE SAVE FREQUENCY = 5.
I don't know why, really - I think that's inherited from LOGCFG.DAT files
from years past - I didn't actually have a floppy in the drive, and haven't 
done that for several years.
> I believe you said you were using 6.42.
> Here is an excerpt from the 6.43 release notes:
>  - Fixed floppy save crashing.  Under certain amounts of available memory,
>    an amount of memory exceeding the amount available was attempted to be
>    secured.  This resulted in an IO error, which would result in either a
>    program crash or strange behavior.


I'd never seen the problem before 6.42, and hadn't remembered to upgrade before
the contest.  It was unfortunate.

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