Re: [mu SETUP] segfault definition

From: Alfie Costa (
Date: Mon Jun 10 2002 - 22:50:53 CEST

On 10 Jun 2002, at 17:11, Josh <> wrote:

> Also what is a segmentation fault ? does it mean that a file is corrupted or
> missing?

"segmentation fault n. Unix 1. techspeak An error in which a running
   program attempts to access memory not allocated to it and core dumps
   with a segmentation violation error. This is often caused by improper
   usage of pointers in the source code, dereferencing a null pointer, or
   (in C) inadvertently using a non-pointer variable as a pointer. The
   classic example is:

     int i;
     scanf ("%d", i); /* should have used &i */
   2. To lose a train of thought or a line of reasoning. Also uttered as
   an exclamation at the point of befuddlement."

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