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  • Debugging Spirit

    Posted on January 30th, 2004 Brian No comments

    There’s a cool article over on Wired News talking about some of the problems with debugging a software system that’s 35 million miles away. It’s pretty light on the technical details, but it gives you an idea of the amazing difficulty of the task. Computers are hard enough to debug when they’re sitting right in front of you, but could you imagine working on something with a three minute ping?

    [brian@samus ~](3)> ping spirit.mars.nasa.gov
    PING spirit.mars.nasa.gov (216.239.37.99) 56(84) bytes of data.
    64 bytes from 216.239.37.99: icmp_seq=1 ttl=247 time=188195.2 ms
    64 bytes from 216.239.37.99: icmp_seq=2 ttl=247 time=188180.3 ms
    64 bytes from 216.239.37.99: icmp_seq=3 ttl=247 time=188175.7 ms
    64 bytes from 216.239.37.99: icmp_seq=4 ttl=247 time=188177.8 ms
    64 bytes from 216.239.37.99: icmp_seq=5 ttl=247 time=188172.0 ms

    --- spirit.mars.nasa.gov ping statistics ---
    5 packets transmitted, 5 received, 0% packet loss, time 191458ms
    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 188172.0/188180.2/188195.2/8.920 ms
    [brian@samus ~](4)>

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