fatal error


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fatal error

[¦fād·əl ′er·ər]
(computer science)
An error in a computer program which causes running of the program to be terminated.

fatal error

(programming, operating system)
Any error which causes abrupt termination of the program. The program may be terminated either by itself or by the operating system (a "fatal exception"). In the former instance, the program contains code which catches the error and, as a result, returns to the operating system or calls an operating system service to terminate the program.

fatal error

A condition that halts processing due to faulty hardware, program bugs, read errors or other anomalies. If you get a fatal error, you generally cannot recover from it, because the operating system has encountered a condition it cannot resolve. Typically, buggy applications cause fatal errors (fatal exception errors), and the computer locks up. In most cases, all data that you have changed that has not yet been saved to disk is lost.

There is no rule of thumb with fatal errors. You may never get one again, or it may manifest until you fix the problem. If you get a fatal error after just adding a new peripheral or installing a new software package, remove or uninstall it and try again.
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He didn't call the PJA or seek legal representation and i'd be fairly certain that was a fatal error.
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Players have to stick to the tactical plans we make; then it depends on which team makes the fatal error."
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The President's main political opponent, Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich, has declared opposition to the request calling the move to dissolve Parliament a "fatal error".
After examining the officer's behavior in the first situation, some may conclude that he made what could have been a fatal error. But, looking at the incident on three levels--the officer's view, the offender's impressions, and the context in which they came together--can reveal critical implications.
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That would prove to be a fatal error. When her back was turned, Chapman approached her from behind and put a knife to her throat.