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handling of flag-values different from the well-defined ones

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Howdy ranchers,

my specification mandates to throw a RecordNotFoundException, if either the specified record cannot be found or has a deleted-flag.
Actually the assignment defines two different values for the short flag:
  • 0x0000 = valid
  • 0x0080 = deleted

  • What, if due to some mysterious failure to hard drive, the flag I receive turns out to be neither one of those specified?

    Is it legal to also throw a RecordNotFoundException in this special case? Or does it have to be one of a different type to exactly match the specification? Or is it better to ignore this problem at all?


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    Hi Andy,

    I only did the following check

    I think taking care with hard disk failures is a bridge (maybe even 2 or 3) too far.

    Kind regards,
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