I’m working hard against an important contract deadline, and I hit this painful bug. I bang my head on it for a while and then decide trying to print out the offending values as ASCII. It turns out that I’m attempting to interpret a list of Monty Python sketch titles as an inode.
At times like these, you just have to go take a little walk before you can take anything seriously again.
NB: A list of Monty Python sketch titles makes a fairly plausible inode when you’re looking at it in gdb.