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I'm also curious: have any of you Monks had similar experiences? How did you handle them?

I've done over-the-phone debugging, but only with code that I was familiar with. It really gets fun when you're talking with someone is has an exaggerated sense of their own competence.

Me: First, type <string of chars> return

(Pause, listen to the sound of too many keyclicks)

Him: Nothing happened.

Me: That's odd. What, exactly, did you type?

Him: <string of chars> return

Me: Uh, how many keystrokes in "return"?

Him: six

(Bang head on table)



PDP-10/TOPS-10 folks might recall that it was possible to patch the running operating system. Try that over the phone.


In reply to Re: Debugging Perl over the phone by dws
in thread Debugging Perl over the phone by thelenm

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