When a fatal error occurs (especially a segfault) the immediate cause may be that a pointer has been trashed due to a previous fandango on core. However, this fandango may have been due to an *earlier* fandango, so no amount of analysis will reveal (directly) how the damage occurred. “The data structure was clobbered, but it was secondary damage.”
By extension, the corruption resulting from N cascaded fandangoes on core is “Nth-level damage”. There is at least one case on record in which 17 hours of grovelling with “adb” actually dug up the underlying bug behind an instance of seventh-level damage! The hacker who accomplished this near-superhuman feat was presented with an award by his fellows.
- Secondary degeneration
secondary degeneration n. See wallerian degeneration.
- Secondary dentin
secondary dentin n. Dentin that forms normally after a root end has formed completely.
- Secondary dentition
secondary dentition n. The set of 32 permanent teeth whose eruptions begin from the fifth to the seventh year, lasting until the 17th to the 23rd year, when the last of the wisdom teeth appear. The eruption of the permanent teeth. Also called permanent dentition.
noun, Sociology. 1. deviant behavior that results from being publicly labeled as deviant and treated as an outsider.