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Golly crashing for inexplicable reasons

Post by testitemqlstudop » September 18th, 2019, 8:29 am

I was working on a HUGE engineered flotilla/puffer in a new rule, and suddenly Golly decides to crash.

Is this some April Fool's prank that was forgotten? This is the first time I experienced this :cry:

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Re: Golly crashing for inexplicable reasons

Post by dvgrn » September 18th, 2019, 9:16 am

testitemqlstudop wrote:I was working on a HUGE engineered flotilla/puffer in a new rule, and suddenly Golly decides to crash.

Is this some April Fool's prank that was forgotten? This is the first time I experienced this :cry:
It's definitely something that happens to me, very rarely but often enough that I usually save at least a dozen incremental versions of any large project, to limit my losses.

There's still a very subtle bug somewhere in the Undo system, which usually just results in incorrect backtracking, but very rarely and irreproducibly causes a sudden crash. I think it might happen most often when I'm undoing a rule switch or script action that changes a huge number of cells, like going from LifeHistory to Life. But it only seems to happen when I'm actually doing complicated editing tasks, not when I'm trying to duplicate the issue.

So if it's an April Fool's joke, I don't think it's a very funny one.

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Re: Golly crashing for inexplicable reasons

Post by Gamedziner » September 18th, 2019, 3:05 pm

Could it be a memory overload from having and/or accessing too much temporary memory?

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x = 81, y = 96, rule = LifeHistory
58.2A$58.2A3$59.2A17.2A$59.2A17.2A3$79.2A$79.2A2$57.A$56.A$56.3A4$27.
A$27.A.A$27.2A21$3.2A$3.2A2.2A$7.2A18$7.2A$7.2A2.2A$11.2A11$2A$2A2.2A
$4.2A18$4.2A$4.2A2.2A$8.2A!

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