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guru meditation n.
Amiga equivalent of `panic' in Unix
(sometimes just called a `guru' or `guru event'). When the
system crashes, a cryptic message of the form "GURU MEDITATION
#XXXXXXXX.YYYYYYYY" may appear, indicating what the problem was.
An Amiga guru can figure things out from the numbers. Sometimes a
guru event must be followed by a Vulcan nerve pinch.
This term is (no surprise) an in-joke from the earliest days of the
Amiga. An earlier product of the Amiga corporation was a device
called a `Joyboard' which was basically a plastic board built onto
a joystick-like device; it was sold with a skiing game cartridge
for the Atari game machine. It is said that whenever the prototype
OS crashed, the system programmer responsible would calm down by
concentrating on a solution while sitting cross-legged on a
Joyboard trying to keep the board in balance. This position
resembled that of a meditating guru. Sadly, the joke was removed
fairly early on (but there's a well-known patch to restore it in
more recent versions).
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.