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Alderson loop n.
[Intel] A special version of an
infinite loop where there is an exit condition available, but
inaccessible in the current implementation of the code. Typically
this is created while debugging user interface code. An example
would be when there is a menu stating, "Select 1-3 or 9 to quit"
and 9 is not allowed by the function that takes the selection from
This term received its name from a programmer who had coded a modal
message box in MSAccess with no Ok or Cancel buttons, thereby
disabling the entire program whenever the box came up. The message
box had the proper code for dismissal and even was set up so that
when the non-existent Ok button was pressed the proper code would
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.