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  • Note that I'm not trying to defend the (obviously faulty) Linux test.

    All I'm saying I see absolutely no uncertainty in the question "normal exit status of a process". It's zero. You can do all the mincing of the words of "normal is different from success" or of "but what if this particular application has defined something else as 'normal'" but that does not change the agreed-upon, documented, and standardized semantics of a zero exit status, not one iota.
    • I agree it is mincing words, but that was the point I was making. The word normal is open to interpretation, and the question itself was too open ended. Any exam question should be clear cut, with no fancy words that can lead to confusion, unless of course its in an interview situation and you're looking for someone who sees the bigger picture. For the record I answered 0.

      I took this up with the director of the organisation, who happened to be there, and he did seem genuinely interested in improving the quality of the questions, so maybe they will get better.