Hi all,

Currently I have the following message in my chatterbox:

root says root just sends automated notices, but you tried to reply "" to it.
Please, what does this mean?

McA

Comment on Strange message in chatterbox
Re: Strange message in chatterbox
by ww (Bishop) on Mar 25, 2013 at 16:28 UTC
    Simple version: don't try to answer messages from root.

    slightly more precise: the Monastery's gears, treadmills, belts and other clockworks don't include any mechanism for root to actually process any message you might send to it. So don't.


    If you didn't program your executable by toggling in binary, it wasn't really programming!

      Thank you. I was not aware that I tried to respond to such a message. But you know: The older the shaky I am. So what do I know where I klicked on... ;-)

      McA

Re: Strange message in chatterbox
by kcott (Abbot) on May 10, 2013 at 09:13 UTC

    G'day McA,

    A bit of a blast from the past, but I just had exactly the same problem and discussed possible causes with Corion on the CB:

    [kcott] I got this message in CB: "root says root just sends automa +ted notices, but you tried to reply "" to it." ... [kcott] It's been noted before: Strange message in chatterbox ... [kcott] I was working in Nodes to consider at the time (if that mat +ters). .... [kcott] I assume I've just clicked the wrong button or link. Does a +nyone have any ideas what might have caused this? I'd like to avoid a + repetition. [Corion] Maybe you tried to /msg root with one or more spaces afte +r root, or something like that? [Corion] Yep. Whenever you /msg root the check doesn't even look at + whether you're actually trying to say something :) [Corion] /msg root [Corion] Hmmm. I must be misreading the code in message because my +attempts at saying nothing elicit no reply... [Corion] Ah - code comprehension error. You need to have a message +from root, and you need to reply to it. Then, even if you say nothing +, you'll get that message. [Corion] At least that's my current reading of message. Later I mig +ht get a different reading, in a more sonore voice. [kcott] Thanks for the follow-up Corion. I just tried to look at my + nodes Nodes You Wrote and got: "kcott has no writeups, it seems.Serv +er Error (Error ID 8658203b6489)". Possibly not something I did? [kcott]: We got a little out-of-sync there (my last response followed +your "Hmmm... " line. I did have a message from 'root' (about a reply + to a node) which I deleted - probably just miskeyed/clicked somethin +g ... phone call ...

    Anyway, I obviously got interrupted there; however, it seems to me that this raises a few questions:

    • Is the [Move] button also actioning the [Send] button?
    • If so, should it be?
    • Are there other (mis)associations between the [Move], [Send] and, possibly, [constrain] buttons?

    If this is the normal and expected behaviour, then maybe a doco "gotcha" additon — I'm thinking along similar lines to this in Chatterbox FAQ:

    • /msg username text

      ... At some point in your travels here, you will probably type "/msh" or forget the "/msg" altogether and the whole world will see your message. ...

    -- Ken