- Fandango on core
Fandango on core is a
computer programmingterm for the effects of a pointerrunning out of bounds, often leading to a core dump, or failures in other seemingly-unrelated processes. In extreme situations, "fandango on core" may lead to the overwriting of operating systemcode, possibly causing data loss or system crashes. The advent of protected memorymeans that while a program cannot overwrite the memory of other programs, a loose pointer can still cause strange behaviour within the application.
The term presumably comes from the programmer imagining the program following the wild pointer and dancing a
fandangoon the memory.
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