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Disable BBEdit's 'APE' crash warning
Authored by: thornrag on Jun 13, '05 01:07:41PM
I did chat with the BareBones crew some time ago about this matter, and they insisted that the dialog is in response to an inordinate number of support requests from users whose systems had crashed because of APE, rather than BBEdit. The dialog is meant to give users something to try before complaining to BareBones.

The problem is that some of us know precisely why the system crashed, thank you very much. Moreover, we don't need the dialog every time the system crashes. There are any number of reasons why the system might be taken down uncleanly, none of which mean that BBEdit or APE actually crashed. Powerbooks switch off in the bag, power goes out, Finder hangs, you reboot from the command line, testing your product involves simulating crashes... who knows. Meanwhile, BBEdit and APE both seem to be perfectly stable together. So I don't know what this little spitting war is all about.

Basically, I wanted BBEdit to shut up about defending itself, because I never blamed it for the crash.

As for the insinuation that this little hack is a reckless endangerment of the stability of the application, your system, your marriage, and the delicate balance of time and space throughout the universe, I offer the following disclaimer as it should have been included with the original submission:

Editing the BBEdit binary is a reckless endangerment of the stability of the application, your system, your marriage, and the delicate balance of time and space throughout the universe. Doing so violates the integrity of the program, the implicit trust of the developers, and the sanctity of the aforementioned marriage. In case of emergency, REVERT TO THE BACKUP. Do not induce vomiting. Whether you've edited the binary or not, they'll only blame Unsanity, so whatever you do, DON'T CALL BAREBONES BECAUSE YOU BROKE SOMETHING.

We can hope that the discourse underway on this site might encourage BareBones to elevate the sophistication and mentality of their ass-covering mechanisms in future revisions of an otherwise sophisticated and high-minded application. In the meantime, I say, hack away.

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Disable BBEdit's 'APE' crash warning
Authored by: wgscott on Jun 13, '05 02:11:39PM

Scoff if you want, but when I made this edit, my girlfriend left me, my dog bit me, and Nigerians obtained my bank account information.



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