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Re: [Issue 2367] get rid of "... | N lines" slot in log message header

From: David Faure <faure_at_kde.org>
Date: 2005-07-22 11:45:17 CEST

On Thursday 21 July 2005 19:34, kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> David Faure <faure@kde.org> writes:
> > How about replacing "N lines" with just "N", or "N lines follow" or "N
> > log lines"?
> >
> > I got confused by "N lines" thinking it was about the number of lines
> > changed in the code, too, so I think this should actually be changed
> > there. "N lines follow" would even keep existing parsers working.
> Replacing with "N" might work; I think the others take up too much
> horizontal space (we try to stay under 80 columns). However, "N" is a
> bit cryptic by itself, so I'm not sure it's worth the trouble of
> changing.

"N" has the huge advantage that only people writing parsers will look there
(after the documentation tells them to), whereas normal people (like me)
reading the logs won't confuse this for "number of lines changed in the file".
Not long ago I really was about to report a bug about that number being wrong
(but found the answer in the book or the mailing-list archive).
It is really really confusing to see "4 lines" there :)

David Faure, faure@kde.org, sponsored by Trolltech to work on KDE,
Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org), and KOffice (http://www.koffice.org).
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