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Re: Command-line verbosity

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_newton.collab.net>
Date: 2000-10-24 17:46:29 CEST

Karl Fogel <kfogel@galois.collab.net> writes:

> Jim Blandy <jimb@savonarola.red-bean.com> writes:
> > Okay --- why do you pay attention to the left-side letters? What
> > information do you want from them? Visual grep is notoriously
> > unreliable. I would like to find a more definite way to provide
> > people the same information.
>
> The most important piece of information I get from them is this: that
> CVS is doing something, that it's not hung and that in fact it has
> operated on a certain list of files so far.

Amen. +2 (Is that allowed? :))

I need a progress meter, some kind of psychological comfort, when
waiting on a network operation. It would *suffice* just to see a
status bar moving across the screen (the way netscape does.) But, as
Karl says, an informative status meter is even better than a vague
one. And CVS is winning here.

It seems to me, Jim, that you really dislike screen noise --
especially kinds that involve gratuitous newlines, which ultimately
force you to vgrep up a (now really long) terminal buffer. I
sympathize with you to some degree; but I don't think the answer is
to turn off progress messages. Instead, let's figure out a way to
have it print fewer newlines. Or, as you suggest "less radically",
have it print a small one-screen summary at the end.
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