The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Please make the bugs stop

Let's see … there was the bug in my Gemini server, two bugs in a custom module for my gopher server, so it's little surprise to me to find a bug in a third server I wrote—this time my “Quote of the Day” server (no public repository for that one, but the service is easy to implement).

This bug was a simple “off-by-one” error—when I got to the last quote the program should have wrapped around to restart with the first quote, only that code was “off-by-one” (thus the name). It only took a while to hit because it required serving up 4,187 quotes before restarting and it's not like it gets hit all that often.

I'd say “I think that's it for now,” but I'm worried that would jinx me for a slew of new bugs to show up, so I won't say it.

Bad bots, bad bots, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they contact you?

I finally found a way to contact the party reponsible for slamming my Gemini server with requests. Hopefully I'll hear a response back, or at the very least, the behavior of the bad bot will be silently fixed.

I can only hope.

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