GitHub Bug Opened: Government Occasionally Shuts Down; Conflicting Error Messages

from the expected-result:-government-should-be-working dept

Via Brian Walsh, we learn of a rather amusing bug report that's been opened on GitHub by Dave Rupert: BUG: Government occasionally shuts down. Rupert's bug report is both dead on, and quite hilarious:

I noticed a bug over the past week or so and it seems reproducible:

  1. Go to U.S. Government.
  2. U.S. Government is shut down.

Expected results: Government should be working.

I'm unable to debug or propose a fix since there's not an open, transparent stack trace. Conflicting error messages are being thrown as well.

Hope you can resolve this soon. It would seem that the U.S. Government would value 100% uptime in order to be a reliable and trustworthy source for the rest of the world.

Thanks! Love this project and would like to continue using it.

Tragically, no one has been assigned to fix it.
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    MBraedley (profile), 10 Oct 2013 @ 12:04pm

    Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    No really, the fix for a malfunctioning Canadian government is to fall back on lower level routines, and reboot the UI. Granted, the reboot takes at least a month (as is mandated by the design document), and there is a lot of resource fighting between the various UI routines while they start up, ultimately ending in a race condition where certain routines will gain enough resources to proceed to full initialization.

    While the US government undergoes a partial UI reboot every 2 years, there is no specified means of rebooting the entire UI when a major problem is discovered. This seems to be a flaw in the design document, and the problem it introduces was probably not foreseen by the designers.

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