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Re: [PATCH] Don't bother end users about HTTP requests

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2008 10:17:46 -0500

"Mark Phippard" <markphip_at_gmail.com> writes:
> I do want to raise one mild concern. Our error messages, especially
> with DAV problems, tend to be useless. These messages you are
> suppressing were not a help in solving the problem but they did
> provide one benefit. You could typically Google these errors and find
> hits in the mailing list that lead you to the solution. So my only
> concern is that without these errors, we are just really going to make
> it a little more difficult to solve problems.

Now that there are search engines, it's possibly an argument for
including the error code itself in error messages (even though that's
always been held up as one of those ridiculous things engineers do
that users hate). So:

   "Commit failed due to blah blah blah ... (svn error 26754)"

I'm making up the syntax, but you get the idea. People could search
for "svn error 26754" and presumably get helpful hits, and this would
remain stable even when we change the human-readable part of the error
message.

-Karl

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