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Re: User-friendly message

From: Michael Schmitt <schmitt_at_konstantin.uni-trier.de>
Date: 2003-06-21 00:53:19 CEST

On Fri, 20 Jun 2003, [UTF-8] Branko ^Libej wrote:

> Michael Schmitt wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > me@here:~/Platform> svn commit overview.php
> > Sending overview.php
> > svn: Transaction is out of date
> > svn: Commit failed (details follow):
> > svn: out of date: `/Platform/overview.php' in txn `170'
> > svn: Your commit message was left in a temporary file:
> > svn: '/home/me/Platform/svn-commit.2.tmp'
> Huh? What redundancy, and how misleading? BTW, _your_ proposal is
> anything but short and concise.

I do not claim that my proposal is perfect! But the original one is

 - too long (6 lines for one error is quite unusual on Linux)
 - misleading (Is the _transaction_ out of date? Isn't it the file?
   What is the real reason of the failure?),
 - incomplete (What shall the user do?),
 - and redundant ("details follow"... just on the next line).

> I'm sooo tired of people complaining about "confusing" error messages
> that are described in the documentation. RTFM already.

Good software doesn't require reading manuals :-)

Have a nice weekend,


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