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Re: Option "--force": Misleading error message (II)

From: Michael Schmitt <Michael.Schmitt_at_teststep.org>
Date: 2003-12-16 19:43:08 CET

Greg Hudson wrote:

> It looks like the same example to me, just with a different filename.
> Did I miss some subtle difference?

Oh! I forgot to mention that in the first example, I wanted to move a
directory; in the second example, it is a file.

> The --force message is not strictly wrong; it's just that there are two
> restrictions involved, and only one can be forced. You can't move a
> modified file without forcing, and you can't move a not-yet-committed
> file at all.

I see. Actually, I expected something like this...

> It would certainly be better if we checked for the not-yet-committed
> problem first (all not-yet-committed files are modified), but we're not
> lying to you.

> (A deeper problem here is that "--force" is specific to the command-line
> client, and our libraries should not be generating error messages
> specific to particular GUIs, much like web pages should not tell you to
> press Ctrl-F to search for stuff within the page. But in both cases,
> it's not immediately clear what should be done instead.)

Thank you very much for your explanation. I don't think that this is a
big issue but I am also sure that I am not the last who complains.

Kind regards,


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