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  Is Linux Annoying?
Subject:   error message that could drive you nuts
Date:   2003-09-16 07:33:34
From:   anonymous2
have a look at this session:


# ls -l somefile
somefile
# chmod +x somefile
# ./somefile
./somefile: Command not found.
# what the %$&!?
# file somefile
somefile: perl script text


what happened?


# head -1 somefile
#!/usr/local/bin/perl
# ls /usr/local/bin/perl
/usr/local/bin/perl: No such file or directory.
# aha!
# vi somefile
fldwx
# ./somefile
Hello, world!


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  • error message that could drive you nuts
    2003-09-16 08:25:06  anonymous2 [View]

    yeah, I would prefer if it would go like:
    # export ERROR_MESSAGES=abusive
    # ./somefile
    you stupid idiot, I cannot find the
    interpreter given on the first line, so edit
    me and correct that before you try to execute me!
    #
    • error message that could drive you nuts
      2003-09-16 09:34:06  anonymous2 [View]

      I like the error message I get when I try to save an image in Gimp as html:

      "Are you crazy? You are about to create a huge HTML file which will most likely crash your browser!"

      Now THAT'S a good error message...LOL
      • error message that could drive you nuts
        2003-11-29 17:28:53  anonymous2 [View]

        The best one is when you execute xchat as root.

        Perhaps the book should have a chapter about abusive programs? :-)