What does fandango on core mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term fandango on core:


  1. Fandango on core

    Fandango on core is a computer programming term for the effects of a pointer running out of bounds, often leading to a core dump, or failures in other seemingly unrelated processes. In extreme situations, fandango on core may lead to the overwriting of operating system code, possibly causing data loss or system crashes. The advent of protected memory means that while a program cannot overwrite the memory of other programs, a loose pointer can still cause strange behaviour within the application. The term presumably comes from the programmer imagining the program following the wild pointer and dancing a fandango on the core of a program.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fandango on core

    [Unix/C hackers, from the Iberian dance] In C, a wild pointer that runs out of bounds, causing a core dump, or corrupts the malloc(3) arena in such a way as to cause mysterious failures later on, is sometimes said to have ‘done a fandango on core’. On low-end personal machines without an MMU (or Windows boxes, which have an MMU but use it incompetently), this can corrupt the OS itself, causing massive lossage. Other frenetic dances, such as the cha-cha or the watusi, may be substituted. See aliasing bug, precedence lossage, smash the stack, memory leak, memory smash, overrun screw, core.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fandango on core in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fandango on core in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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