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Tara2
Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021 10:33:16 AM

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What's the difference between 'malfunction' and 'fail'?

There is a hardware malfunction, or a bug in the database software
or the operating system, that causes the loss of the content of volatile storage and
brings transaction processing to a halt. The content of non-volatile storage remains
intact and is not corrupted.
FounDit
Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021 2:53:53 PM

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Tara2 wrote:

What's the difference between 'malfunction' and 'fail'?

There is a hardware malfunction, or a bug in the database software
or the operating system, that causes the loss of the content of volatile storage and
brings transaction processing to a halt. The content of non-volatile storage remains
intact and is not corrupted.


It might depend on where the failure occurs. If is is hardware, processing may cease, but data is not lost. That would be a system failure.

But if there is a failure in executing instructions, then that is just a malfunction, and again, data may, or may not, be lost.

But if the malfunction results in volatile data being lost, then you could have a "fail" in that the data has not been processed.

Either way, malfunction or failure, everything has to be put back to its original state before you can go forward. Repair the machine, input the data again, or correct the programming malfunction.
Gary98
Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021 11:23:47 PM

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malfunction: To fail to function properly.
Volatile storage: a type of computer memory that needs power to preserve stored data. If the computer is switched off, anything stored in the volatile memory is removed or deleted. RAM/CMOS are Volatile storages.
non-volatile storage: Hard Drive/tape

Hardware malfunction or buggy software will causes the loss of the content of volatile storage and stop transaction processing. Non-volatile storage is not affected.
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