ALERT

[WEBINAR] Index Insanity: How to Avoid Database Chaos

Fatal Exception

Definition - What does Fatal Exception mean?

A fatal exception is an error condition that indicates access to either invalid data values or illegal instructions. The invalid privilege level to an operation can also cause fatal exceptions. When a fatal exceptions occur, computers cannot continue processing program algorithms because one or more subsequent instructions rely on the variable value causing the exception.

A fatal exception is indicated by a system message that recommends that the program be closed or debugged. A user will usually close the program, whereas a developer may try to uncover the exception’s cause and rectify any coding errors.

A fatal exception may also be known as a fatal exception error.

Techopedia explains Fatal Exception

Although a program continually communicates with a computer’s operating system, it may also need to communicate with additional running applications. This communication is achieved through several different code layers. When a layer encounters an exception, it sends that exception to the next layer, with the aim to locate an exception-handling algorithm. If a suitable algorithm is not found, the operating system sends a fatal exception error to the computer user. In some cases, fatal exceptions may result in a forced shut down of an operating system.

A fatal exception error message may also contain information that helps the developer locate the code causing the exception.

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
Tweat cdn.techopedia.com
"Techopedia" on Twitter


'@Techopedia'
Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Resources
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud
Free Whitepaper: The Path to Hybrid Cloud:
The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.