And when userspace is dead, or if the machine dies before the necessary daemon is running, now the poor damn users are just hit with gibberish error codes again... just when natural-language messages might help them climb out of the mire.
(Also, what about the printf()-style format substitutions printk() allows? An error ID scheme provides no space for that at all. There's a reason the old catgets scheme is unused except by masochists.)
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