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Re: Quotation marks needed around file names in error messages

From: <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2003-01-27 05:53:57 CET

Julian Foad julianfoad@btopenworld.com writes:
 The name should be quoted, e.g. the third line could look like this:
 
 svn: svn_wc_statuses: apr is not a working copy directory
 
 ... in all such contexts. This is important because it is common for
 files involved in error messages to have plain names (like file) or
 wierd names (like ) that make the messages confusing otherwise. I
 have come across similar confusion in other software, and a small
 amount of frustration makes a big impression. Of course, after you
 have seen a given error once and learned to interpret it, it is easy
 to recognise it the next time.

You are *so* right. We've been careless about this, and now it's a
problem. I don't even think it much matters if they're single-quotes
or double-quotes, so long as there's something setting it off from the
rest of the message.

Julian, if you can do a search for svn_error_createf in the Subversion
sources and make the (presumably large-ish) patch for this, that would
be a big help. Do you think you have the time?

Thanks,
-Karl

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