programs growing in size over the years
Posted Jan 27, 2012 19:58 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: An LCA 2012 summary
Parent article: An LCA 2012 summary
Considering just the base language, I think it's true that in Unix 6 programmers consciously avoided detailed messages in order to save the space to store the text. To the extent that the new larger programs are that way because the error messages are more informative, we definitely got our money's worth.
But it looks to me like the three word error message is still king in the Unix world and messages longer than one line are rare. So is having separate messages for separate conditions. So I don't think better messages accounts for much of the bloat.
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