[buug] Best practices for stderr messages?

Claude Rubinson cjr at grundrisse.org
Mon Jan 3 11:21:25 PST 2011

On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 07:07:02AM -0800, Karen Hogoboom wrote:
> I think it's better to use more words if it's going to save the user time in
> fixing their problem.  I.e., they could spend more time reading the error
> message and then know what to do, or they could read a few ambiguous words
> and spend the rest of the day Googling.

That's a good point.  Unix has a long heritage of concise output,
which I've naturally adopted with regard to my stderr output.  But
clarity might be preferred over brevity.


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