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Re: crash building in groff

der Mouse <mouse%Rodents-Montreal.ORG@localhost> writes:

> VAXen have nothing like IEEE quiet NANs (VAX reserved operands are
> enough like signaling NANs for that analogy, while far from perfect,
> to be reasonable).

This is why awk crashes from time to time.  When it reads a symbol, it
tries to figure out what it is, among other things by trying to parse it
as a number.  If it happens to be a text string starting with the
characters "nan" (in any upper-/lowercase mix), BOOM!  :)

Self documenting code isn't. User application constraints don't. --Ed Prochak

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