exa- = E = EXCH

examining the entrails n.

The process of grovelling through a core dump or hex image in an attempt to discover the bug that brought a program or system down. The reference is to divination from the entrails of a sacrified animal. Compare runes, incantation, black art, desk check.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

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