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Re: Resolution: only print specific error message when present

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-12-06 22:36:26 CET

Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU> writes:

> I think it is much more important to display brief, elegant,
> non-redundant error messages than it is to be able to reverse-map an
> error message to an error code. Error codes are for programs, not for
> people. Given only the specific error message, one should still
> usually be able to reverse-map to a location in the source where the
> error is generated. (And, of course, enable-maintainer-mode builds
> will display that information along with the error.)

My biggest concern about our error code system is that localization in
the future is going to be a nightmare. At least with the redundant
error message strings, we have a single place to hook in a
localization system. But on the flip-side, I agree that the redundant
messages are not the most useful things in the world -- in an error
condition, the more details we can give, the better.

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Received on Sun Dec 7 22:38:26 2003

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