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Best error messages?

Postby d3adf001 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:22 pm UTC

What are the best error messages you've seen?

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Postby marshlight » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:42 pm UTC

From our new (holycrapterrible) scheduling system last year:

"Class: SPAN 200-080
Message: You are required to take this requirement designation for this class. The requirement designation option has been set to yes."

Can't say I knew how to respond to that, considering that I had taken the prereqs and that's the only thing I can piece out of that.

There is a lot that is crazy about this scheduling system, but besides not working, that's the specific one I remember at the moment.
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Postby hack124x768 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:42 pm UTC

QBasic used to give some pretty funny ones, if anyone remembers that far back in time.
4 Out of DATA
11 Division by zero
16 String formula too complex
17 Cannot continue
40 Variable required
51 Internal error
52 Bad file name or number
61 Disk full
73 Advanced feature unavailable
97 (no error message)
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Postby d3adf001 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:46 pm UTC

marshlight wrote:From our new (holycrapterrible) scheduling system last year:

"Class: SPAN 200-080
Message: You are required to take this requirement designation for this class. The requirement designation option has been set to yes."

Can't say I knew how to respond to that, considering that I had taken the prereqs and that's the only thing I can piece out of that.

There is a lot that is crazy about this scheduling system, but besides not working, that's the specific one I remember at the moment.


talking about classes, when scheduling this semester i ran into a circular dependency with 2 classes. it dumbfounded me. i had to get the assassinate dean to override the system

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Postby marshlight » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:50 pm UTC

d3adf001 wrote:i had to get the assassinate dean to override the system


You have an assassinate dean?!? What the crap??
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Postby Oman612 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:52 pm UTC

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Postby d3adf001 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:53 pm UTC

assistant dean*
i guess that was a Freudian slip

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Postby ZeroSum » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:54 pm UTC

marshlight wrote:From our new PeopleSoft scheduling system last year:

"Class: SPAN 200-080
Message: You are required to take this requirement designation for this class. The requirement designation option has been set to yes."

Fixed, I think. It means that that class can fulfill a requirement to graduate and is required to fulfill that requirement to graduate. Like at my school you needed two science courses from a certain set to get a BS but CS majors needed to take two specific Physics courses, so it would be auto-set for that.

d3adf001 wrote:talking about classes, when scheduling this semester i ran into a circular dependency with 2 classes. it dumbfounded me. i had to get the assassinate dean to override the system

You killed your dean? I mean... I did something similar, but the opposite. I wanted to take Course B which required Course A, so I signed up for Course A and did a course swap with it for Course B. That meant I was signed up for B and not A. It was allowed because "pre-reqs" were tested only for enrollment and only when signing up.

As a result I took a freshmen-level course during my second-to-last semester because I'd done that so many times because I wanted to do the interesting courses.

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Postby Kawa » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:58 pm UTC

When I was programming for FORTRAN class (kill me now), I slipped in (mostly for myself, in case something didn't equal out for some bizarre reason):

"Something has gone terribly wrong! Please contact your silly programmer."
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Postby marshlight » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:04 pm UTC

ZeroSum wrote:
marshlight wrote:From our new PeopleSoft scheduling system last year


Correcto! I'm sorry you have to deal with it too. :(
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Postby ZeroSum » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:06 pm UTC

marshlight wrote:
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marshlight wrote:From our new PeopleSoft scheduling system last year


Correcto! I'm sorry you have to deal with it too. :(

Oh, I loved it. (Read the rest of my post.) I learned how to game that system good. Could even get overrides without divine intervention.

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Postby MFHodge » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:11 pm UTC

hack124x768 wrote:QBasic used to give some pretty funny ones, if anyone remembers that far back in time.
4 Out of DATA
11 Division by zero
16 String formula too complex
17 Cannot continue
40 Variable required
51 Internal error
52 Bad file name or number
61 Disk full
73 Advanced feature unavailable
97 (no error message)

Holy Crap, those are both funny and interesting. I especially like the part where it conveys the nature of the failure with a numerical designation and a short discription!
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Postby SpitValve » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:15 pm UTC

Kawa wrote:When I was programming for FORTRAN class...


Do you use f77 or one of the modern variants? Because the modern ones really aren't that bad. f77 ain't that bad either really, except for ridiculous obsolete things like having precisely 6 spaces at the beginning of each line...

They reset the server at my work, so each time I tried to ssh in I got

"SOMEONE MAY BE DOING SOMETHING NASTY!"

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Postby Kawa » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:17 pm UTC

SpitValve wrote:
Kawa wrote:When I was programming for FORTRAN class...


Do you use f77 or one of the modern variants? Because the modern ones really aren't that bad. f77 ain't that bad either really, except for ridiculous obsolete things like having precisely 6 spaces at the beginning of each line...

They reset the server at my work, so each time I tried to ssh in I got

"SOMEONE MAY BE DOING SOMETHING NASTY!"

F90/95, but the class was boring as hell, which is why I want to be killed for it. The professor was actually a PhD student, very quiet, boring lectures, didn't understand that most people are here to clear their requisite CS requirement for Aero and Mech Engineering. Ugggggh. At least our GSA was one of the most badass in the school. He graduated right after though - we'll miss him, he was awesome.
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Postby Swordfish » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:22 pm UTC

Gah! I hate FORTRAN. Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it.

Though I'm a little disappointed because I didn't live up to my father's FORTRAN standards. He single handedly brought down the Temple University mainframe while trying to do some FORTRAN homework.

That being said, why did I have to learn a programing language that my father learned in 1972?

Anyway, it's not a real error message, I saw it as someone's avatar on another forum and though it was amusing.

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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:31 pm UTC

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An important message for you:

010000100110010100100000011100110
111010101110010011001010010000001
110100011011110010000001100101011
000010111010000100000011110010110
111101110101011100100010000001100
010011000010110001101101111011011
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Postby DuSTman » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:35 pm UTC

The best error I've ever had is :

my system wrote:You don't exist. Go away.


which occurred when I accidentally set the permissions on the passwd/shadow files to be unreadable and subsequently attempted to rectify the problem..

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Postby ArchangelShrike » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:35 pm UTC

Have an old DOS program around here for measuring the salinities of water samples (I work for a Physical Oceanography Research Group) that if you put in a sample of water outside of the accepted ranges, it will say you're slowly torturing it before you switch in an acceptable water sample. Haven't touched the program in ages though, so I don't remember what the exact phrases were.

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Postby MFHodge » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:36 pm UTC

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Is that error preceded by a question prompt labeled "90s"?
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Postby ZeroSum » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:44 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote:He single handedly brought down the Temple University mainframe while trying to do some FORTRAN homework.
I fork bombed a server (accidentally) doing my OS homework once. The sysadmin quickly set up limits to how much individual accounts could munge the system.

I wasn't the only one to fork bomb the server during that assignment though, so I didn't feel so bad.

(It was the first time most of us had done multithreading in C in a non-trivial way, hence the ease of fork bombing.)

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Postby d3adf001 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:59 pm UTC

when first learning about pointers some how i messed up and pointed to some random address and couldnt figure out what was wrong. needless to say it was very frustrating when i found the error

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Postby Swordfish » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:03 pm UTC

ZeroSum wrote:
Swordfish wrote:He single handedly brought down the Temple University mainframe while trying to do some FORTRAN homework.
I fork bombed a server (accidentally) doing my OS homework once. The sysadmin quickly set up limits to how much individual accounts could munge the system.

I wasn't the only one to fork bomb the server during that assignment though, so I didn't feel so bad.

(It was the first time most of us had done multithreading in C in a non-trivial way, hence the ease of fork bombing.)


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Postby Rysto » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:25 pm UTC

Keyboard error or no keyboard attached:
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Postby TheTankengine » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:40 pm UTC

My god I hate PeopleSoft so much.

I don't understand how that software can still be in existence. I have yet to hear a single positive aspect of it.
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Postby Mister_Penguin » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:56 pm UTC

I can't think of an error right now, but UW's CS lab has a hilarious warning:
UW CSL wrote:REMINDER: NO FOOD or DRINK IN THE CS INSTRUCTIONAL COMPUTER LABS
NEVER POWER DOWN WORKSTATIONS IN THE COMPUTER LABS

Normally that wouldn't be funny, except you only see this warning if you SSH into the CSL system. If you physically log in on the lab machines, there is no such warning.
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Postby Nuclear Spoon » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:46 pm UTC

On the BBC 606 message boards.

Error: An unknown error has occurred


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Postby yannick_LM » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:56 pm UTC

Trying to use Gparted without the root status, I've got :

Since Gparted is a mass destruction weapon, you 'll need to have root admnistrative rights to use it

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Postby ZeroSum » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:11 pm UTC

TheTankengine wrote:I have yet to hear a single positive aspect of it.
Hmm. Good aspects... Goooood aspects... It's somewhat a competitor to my company's product and thus makes us look better?

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Postby tehlaser » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:18 pm UTC

hack124x768 wrote:QBasic used to give some pretty funny ones, if anyone remembers that far back in time.


I always liked the "?REDO FROM START" error that various flavors of BASIC would give when user input failed validation on and INPUT statement.

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Postby Plamo » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:26 pm UTC

Gah, I can't remember what the error exactly said, but I had one that, in essence, said 'The computer is too bored'


That was from using audacity on a school computer.
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Postby redthegreat » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:06 am UTC

At my secondary school if you tried to do something like change some settings it said "Nah, that's not happening"

Whenever I make a database or spreadsheet I like to put hidden errors, so that if you make an error on something VERY unlikely for you to make an error e.g if they entered there post code wrong by four digits it would say "You numpty, check it over, im not going to tell you twice!"
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Postby Ren » Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:12 am UTC

Not an error message, but a sign posted in the music-computer lab at WLU.

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Postby marshlight » Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:50 am UTC

ZeroSum wrote:
TheTankengine wrote:I have yet to hear a single positive aspect of it.
Hmm. Good aspects... Goooood aspects... It's somewhat a competitor to my company's product and thus makes us look better?


I may be contacting you later this year. I am greatly intrigued by your tricks and expertise. Also, if you are a competitor then you must be cool.

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