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infinite loop
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programming (Or "endless loop") Where a piece of program is
executed repeatedly with no hope of stopping. This is nearly
always because of a bug, e.g. if the condition for exiting
the loop is wrong, though it may be intentional if the program
is controlling an embedded system which is supposed to run
continuously until it is turned off. The programmer may also
intend the program to run until interrupted by the user. An
endless loop may also be used as a last-resort error handler
when no other action is appropriate. This is used in some
operating system kernels following a panic.