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Feature, not bug

From: Heber Farnsworth
Subject: Feature, not bug
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 1996 01:30:37 -0800 (PST)

Here is a little thing I noticed which is not really a problem but could
probably be handled better.  Suppose you type the name of a file in your
load path which is not a function file.  I did this when I accidentally

octave:2> non2.oct

when I meant to type 'load non2.oct'.  I got the following

non2.oct =

panic: impossible state reached in file `' at line 1764
error: Illegal instruction -- stopping myself...

This is not a problem since Octave quits nice and cleanly (thanks to good
programming by jwe) but perhaps it could be handled better.  This would
have been very frustrating if I had spent a long time manipulating some
data but had not saved it.  It would be flushed because of a silly typing

Just a thought.

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