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Date: Fri, 13 OCT 89 18:34:27 PDT
From: PARK@CRVAX.SRI.COM (William Park)
After spending over an hour reading tape 1 of 2 of the Genera software
into my new MacIvory, the Breath of Life program asked me if I had tape
#2 loaded up. Unfortunately, I was out of the room at the time,
attending to a call of nature. The BOL waited a decent interval, timed
out, then decided that that idiotic piece of meatware out there must
surely have loaded the next tape by now. Apparently, it answered itself
"Yes," read its own answer, then began to read tape #1 again.
There is no timeout -- I've successfully forgotten I was doing a restore
and come back a day later to put in the second tape. Maybe someone sat
on you keyboard while you were out?
The results were rather less successful than I would have wished
("unknown arithmetic trap #0200").
I'll be a nice guy and note that as a bug (even though you sent it to
the wrong list).
Some wags with no respect for the challenges to be met in person-machine
interface programming have recommended that I have a toilet installed in
front of the MacIvory if I intend to continue doing system maintenance.
Can anyone suggest a more elegant solution to the BOL's unfortunate
default behavior? Preferably one that does not require a plumber.
Does Tom Peters know about the software industry?