what is stack overflow

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Published on 2010-03-26T13:11:09Z Indexed on 2010/03/26 13:13 UTC
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Back in the days as freshmen in University, when programming in C on Unix machines, a "stack overflow" error on run-time would occur causing a lot of thought on what went wrong.

What exactly is "stack overflow" in programming?
What are the possible reasons for its appearance?
Can it occur in all programming languages? Does it have other names?

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