Uninformative error messages

Gerald Carter jerry at samba.org
Wed Sep 4 02:44:00 GMT 2002

On Tue, 3 Sep 2002, Max TenEyck Woodbury wrote:

> I've just finished tracing down a rather stupid error on my part. It
> should have been easy to fix, but it wasn't because the messages that
> described the problem in the log files were much more cryptic than they
> should have been. Specifically, to decipher the problem I had to grab
> the source tarbal, unpack it, find the line that generated the message
> and finally identify what was going wrong from the comments that
> described the function of the routine that generated the message. A
> small amount of additional text would have saved me almost a week of
> elapsed time. (Setting up the space to put the tarbal, which was a
> project I was going to do eventually, took much longer than I expected.)
> From the looks of nearby code, there are LOTS of other error messages
> that are as bad or worse. Is anybody planning on cleaning up this
> problem?

What error message?  Kind of hard to give any feedback without 
any specifics.

cheers, jerry
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