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Stupid computer tricks March 29, 2012

Posted by mareserinitatis in computers, research.
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I swear I’d be a help-desk person’s worst nightmare.

I’ve been struggling to get an application up and running, and when I requested some help, I was sent a bashrc file that was supposed to fix some path problems.  I installed this on Tuesday night, but things still didn’t seem to be working right.  I asked my husband for help (given he’s a lot more Unix literate than I am), and he couldn’t figure out what was going on, either.  Even after logging out and back in and then running the initialization again, it still couldn’t find the application I was trying to use.  It was like I’d never installed the file.  After spending well over an hour on this, we gave up.

Then next day, I was trying to show the problems to the person who sent me the file.  Except that when I showed hir, everything worked just as it was supposed to.

I’m glad it works now, but I sure wish the timing wasn’t perfect to make me look like an idiot.


1. - March 29, 2012

It’s a Heisenbug! (props to my eventual future brother-in-law for that term)

mareserinitatis - March 29, 2012

I love it!

But I must be crawling with them. :-P


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