For the last month I’ve been tracking an elusive bug at work. The durn thing successfully eluded my progressively more determined traps, striking in a manner that was far too standard to not be a bug, but far more random than your run-of-the-mill glitch.

Things got so bad that I was releasing new versions of my program just to add extra error-handling code so I could try and find the bugger.

Today I finally caught and exorcised Moby-Dick, as I had taken to calling the bug. Wholly unsatisfying. Bitter without the sweet. A one-line copy/paste job solved the issue, which turned out to be based more in the human realm and less in code.

The real question is, though: what does Ahab do once he’s caught his whale?


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