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

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2005-07-22 18:28:54 CEST

kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> David Faure <faure@kde.org> writes:

[Replacing "N lines" with]
>>"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 :)
> Would anyone object to us reopening the issue with this proposal, then?
> For 2.0, of course.

Please do. That confusion is very real (it got me when I was a newbie), and
also the confusion of "My log message is one line, but this says it's two
lines," which is currently the subject of another thread. A third
justification is that the verbosity of having the word "lines" is inappropriate
for a field that is only meant for machine parsing; we only need take care that
the number is not easily mistaken by a human for something else.

- Julian

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