Backup of David's Livejournal

Leaving My Children (the little daemons) Forever

One of the hardest parts of leaving Avid is leaving my children processes. They're scheduled to run at regular intervals, and create reports, and leave little status notes, and clean up after themselves. They've been running for months, years.

They do complicated things, and anything that can go wrong eventually does. Archives to process are in a different character set, they're corrupt, or they're malformed. Anything that can throw an exception eventually does. Files that are there at the beginning of processing disappear before processing finishes. It's like the waiter pulling your chair out from under you just as you prepare to sit.

Anyway, no one's there to watch over the little guys. Oh, my colleagues know the value of the reports the daemons make, but they don't check up on the daemons.

I wonder how the little guys are doing?


 pastilla on Jan 17th 2008 at 12:44 AM
First thought: OMG, nooooooooo. Second thought: OG, is this one of those zombie apocalypse memes? Third thought: OTG, he's talking 'puter-'ttachment. His other family.

 dblume on Jan 17th 2008 at 1:00 AM
Yeah, I intentionally put it that way. In order not to be too misleading, I put the daemon reference in the title, too. (The zombie meme didn't occur to me. I thought everybody would go straight from first thought to your third thought.) It's fun to joke, but I'd hate to be too deceptive. But, um, yeah. I do think about my little cron jobs.

 pastilla on Jan 17th 2008 at 5:22 AM
Like halophoenix, there is a little Batou in you :)

 davidd on Jan 17th 2008 at 4:21 AM
Brings to mind the movie Silent Running, with the lonely little robot eternally tending the floating garden in space, with no one ever knowing or caring that he's out there.

 dblume on Jan 17th 2008 at 5:05 AM
And that brings to mind Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains. Google a bit, and you'll find the complete story online somewhere.