Subject: pkg/30610: Misuse of language in pkgsrc/mk/
To: None <,,>
From: Rhialto <>
List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 06/27/2005 13:32:00
>Number:         30610
>Category:       pkg
>Synopsis:       Misuse of language in pkgsrc/mk/
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    pkg-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Jun 27 13:32:00 +0000 2005
>Originator:     Rhialto
>Release:        NetBSD 2.0.2 - pkgsrc-2005Q1
System: NetBSD 2.0.2 NetBSD 2.0.2 (Radls Doordringend Onjuiste Akkoord) #4: Thu Jun 16 20:52:36 CEST 2005 amd64
Architecture: x86_64
Machine: amd64
	There is misuse of the English language, resulting in an
	incorrect message.

	pkgsrc/mk/ contains (twice):

	${ECHO_MSG} "*** WARNING - experimental target - data loss may be experienced ***"; \

	First of all, this usage of the verb "experience" is bad style
	(overuse; makes words lose any meaning).
	Second, it is incorrect. "data loss may occur" is probably what
	is intended, however whether the user *notices* it is irrelevant.

	make replace      or
	make undo-replace
	s/data loss may be experienced/data loss may occur/

___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert
\X/ rhialto/at/        -- Cetero censeo "authored" delendum esse.