Subject: errno(2) codes

 [colorful rounded image of the Head of a GNU]

The following was sent to me by a friend who was working at HP during
the summer. I am posting it here for the people who missed  the
USENIX conference and who don't get the HP newsgroups.


At the USENIX Association conference in Atlanta recently a contest was
held to invent the most humorous/bizarre/etc UN*X error message of the
errno(2) 'EERROR' type.  This contest had been tried at an earlier European
Users Group meeting, where the winning entry was:

ENOTOBACCO		Read on an empty pipe

You get the idea.  A partial [alphabetized] list of 'top(?)' entries from
Atlanta [and from several readers of hp.unix] follows;  if your pun/wierdness
tolerance is low, you may want to abandon ship:

EBEFOREI		Invalid syntax
ECHERNOBYL		Core dumped
ECRAY			Program exited before being run
EDINGDONG		The daemon is dead
EFLAT			System needs tuning
EGEEK			Program written by inept Frat member
EIEIO			Here-a-bug, there-a-bug, ....
EIUD			Missing period
ELECTROLUX		Your code could stand to be cleaned up
EMILYPOST		Wrong fork
END.ARMS.CONTROL	Silo overflow
ENOHORSE		Mount failed
ENONSEQUETOR		C program not derived from
				main(){printf("Hello, world");}
EWATERGATE		Extended tape gap
EWOK			Aliens sighted
EWOK			Your code appears to have been stir-fried
EWOULDBNICE     	The feature you want has not been implemented yet

And finally, a sort-of 'period piece':

EMR.ED			A host is a host,
			From coast to coast
			And nobody talks to a host that's close,
			Unless the host that isn't close
			Is busy, hung, or dead.

I would also like this new signal to be supported:

SIGNUKE         Nuclear event occurred (cannot be caught or ignored :-)


				 Naim Abdullah
				 Dept. of EECS,
				 Northwestern University,

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