Abend (was: RE: I had to say it ... )

Subject: Abend (was: RE: I had to say it ... )
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 10:05:33 -0600

From: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
Subject: RE: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would

Normal: A Normal shutdown stops current client activity after the
currently running transaction is complete. It completes all database
transactions and performs any cleanup activity that may be required, but
it does not remove media from the drive. A vault restarted after a
normal shutdown should not report errors. This used to be called a
"Graceful" shutdown until we realized that since this is what all well
designed software should normally do, calling it "graceful," as if it
were something exceptional, was not appropriate.

Extended: Extended shutdown is the best way to shutdown a vault if it is
going to be taken off line for an extended period of time. With this
method, <%PRODUCT%> waits until currently running client processes are
finished before closing connections to clients. <%PRODUCT%> then
completes all database transactions, removes media from drives, and
performs any required cleanup activity. An Extended shutdown will be
significantly more time consuming than a Normal shutdown.

Emergency: The upshot of Emergency shutdown will be exactly as if you
remove power from the host computer. A vault restarted after an
emergency shutdown may report connection timeouts, incomplete database
translations, and other items.


This prompts me to ask -- does anybody here still use the term "abend"
or am I *really* dating myself? I once used it, thinking it was a
well-known piece of computer jargon, and my manager had to go look it


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