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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

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obermd3-Jan-23 3:56
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trønderen3-Jan-23 19:47
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My freshman year at the Tech. University was the last year of two huge Univac 1100 mainframes as the primary computers for student exercises. Those who have ever worked with the EXEC-8 OS will remember that the file system had "files", which were fairly large disk areas that you organized in "elements" which were e.g. source program units (i.e. what we call "files" in other systems).

Usually, students were given a single such "file" to hold all their work, customary named by the student's name. One of my classmates were refused: Her name was not accepted as a file name, and we could not see the reason.

We asked the system managers, who explained that Exec-8 used a Master File Directory organized as a hash table on the complete file "path" (not a hierarchical one, but a concatenation of a project name and the file name. The code doing the hashing could not handle bucket overflow. So the rejection of my classmate's name really was "Sorry, this hash bucket is full - please select a file name hashing to another bucket!"
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