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Re: Misleading error messages.

From: Molle Bestefich <molle.bestefich_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-08-04 18:33:51 CEST

C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> Since much of the command-line parsing stuffs was abstracted into
> libsvn_subr from its original location in 'svn' (the command-line client),
> there is a particular annoyance that shows up in certain circumstances.

There's a whole slew of annoyances regarding Subversion's error messages.
A whole lot of the time, the error messages printed by Subversion just SUCKS.

> I presume that we've decided that that block of error codes is for *all*
> Subversion command-line applications to use, else they wouldn't live in our
> public header file.

Sounds like a pretty stupid idea to begin with?

It's good that errors are produced at the place that has the most
context (probably often a shared piece of code), but the messages
themselves should reside as close to the user as possible, so it's
possible to relate it to whatever the user is trying to do.

Comparing Subversion to the competition, error messages is one place
where Subversion just.. well... really sucks...

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