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[Gnu-arch-users] Re: Re: [HEY TOM!] unhelpful error for unreadable direc

From: Nikolai Weibull
Subject: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Re: [HEY TOM!] unhelpful error for unreadable directories
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 18:02:34 +0200
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* Tom Lord <address@hidden> [Apr 27, 2004 16:50]:
> I have a habit in tla code which may as well be promoted to "coding
> standard": filenames in error messages should be delimited on the left
> by ": " and on the right by newline.  Keep the stuff to the left of
> the ": " as succinct as possible.  As in:
>       unable to frob patch log (permission denied)
>           tree: /home/lord/wd/tla
>           log: tla--devo--1.1

OK, sounds reasonable.  This standard I can definitely live with.  It
makes it very easy to visually extract the relevant information.

> That avoids the issue of whether to use ", `, or ' to delimit
> filenames, is easier to cut and paste, and tends to cope with
> longer filenames in messages better than most approaches.

That is very true,

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