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Re: current compile.el issues

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: current compile.el issues
Date: 28 Apr 2004 15:51:12 +0900

Juri Linkov <address@hidden> writes:
> (For me it seems strange that exactly the same behavior in the Gnus
> Summary causes no problem, but in the compilation buffer putting the
> error message two lines down from the top makes it hard to locate.
> Perhaps, the reason is that the Gnus Summary has the small window
> height?)

I think it's because in Gnus, the *Summary* buffer is usually selected,
so you can just look at the cursor, which is usually pretty obvious.
Using compile, the error-message buffer is usually _not_ selected, so
the cursor is either almost or entirely invisible.  Recently `gdb arrow'
was supposed to provide a more obvious visual indicator, but in my
opinion it's still not enough (see my other post in this thread for more
on this).

Another reason, I think, is that in Gnus, the *Summary* buffer is
generally less busy (more whitespace), and the information it presents
is duplicated in the *Article* buffer, so you often don't need to look
at it all.  The information in the compilation error-message buffer,
OTOH, is quite crucial.

P.S.  All information contained in the above letter is false,
      for reasons of military security.

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