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Tim was looking at logfiles for this program called Linkbot. Back when I still worked there, I re-wrote all the Perl scripts that run it and wrote things to the logfiles. So for 6 years the scripts would write something like:
# Linkbot worked! Yay!1
print LOG “Linkbot run finished successfully (hah) at ” .localtime(time()) .”\n”;
to the log files.
All this time the people that read the logfiles thought that (hah) was a status code generated by Linkbot to indicate that it finished successfully.
It was something I wrote because even though Linkbot would finish, it never did it’s job properly because it was a pile of crap.
Lessons in good programming itt.