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fandango on core
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(Unix/C, from the Mexican dance) In C, a wild pointer that
runs out of bounds, causing a core dump, or corrupts the
malloc 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, this can
corrupt the operating system itself, causing massive
lossage. Other frenetic dances such as the rhumba, cha-cha,
or watusi, may be substituted.