Getting the message from the kernel
Posted Jun 23, 2007 2:16 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Getting the message from the kernel
Parent article: Getting the message from the kernel
I don't think it gets old like you think it would. To know, you'd have to try it for a while. I use a lot of software that prints out 5 line error messages on a terminal (because I wrote the code) and it really doesn't bother me. And consider that a lot of programs respond to the most casual error of them all -- fat-fingering -- by not issuing an error message at all but just dumping the full command syntax on the terminal. This seems to be quite popular.
Incidentally, I've found it's rarely a good idea to give advice on how to fix it in the message; the best you can do is to describe the problem. Same is true for a message manual -- the complete set of advice would be a textbook.
And I've tried the expert/novice thing (as a user), and that doesn't work. You're never expert enough that you know all the errors. But maybe something that avoids issuing the same verbose message frequently.
But really, that's all beside the point because we're talking about kernel messages. The kernel isn't interactive -- these things go primarily in a log thousands of lines long.
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