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examining the entrails

examining the entrails in Technology

The process of grovelling through a core dump or hex image in an attempt to discover the bug that brought a program or system down. The reference is to divination from the entrails of a sacrified animal.
Compare runes, incantation, black art, desk check.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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