Subject: Re: intended change of the pkglint output format
To: None <>
From: Bernd Ernesti <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/18/2005 21:27:32
On Thu, Aug 18, 2005 at 12:00:30PM +0200, Roland Illig wrote:
> Bernd Ernesti wrote:
> >>- Most gcc users (including me) are already familiar with the words 
> >>"error" and "warning". Users of Borland Delphi also know the word 
> >>"hint", which I will most probably add very soon. I also think that 
> >>"WARN" is a useless abbreviation and should have been "WARNING".
> >
> >
> >It's not useless, it keeps the alignment of the output.
> Which alignment? Please explain.

Fot the pkglint output.

Now it looks like this:

WARN: changes:20: Trailing empty lines.
FATAL: DISTNAME has to be there.
WARN: t:298: Trailing empty lines.
1 errors and 2 warnings found.

but it would look like this after your changes:

warning: changes:20: Trailing empty lines.
error: DISTNAME has to be there.
warning: t:298: Trailing empty lines.
1 errors and 2 warnings found.

this doesn't makes it easier to read the output.

> >>- The keyword "OK" does not have a clear meaning. The new keyword "info" 
> >>precedes information for the user, if only for debugging purposes.
> >
> >
> >Whats wrong with using OK?
> >For me it says that there is no problem and INFO would be just some 
> >information
> >which doesn't bring it to the point that everything is ok.
> I think the reason why I want to change it is that "OK" sounds like 
> "everything's ok", which most probably isn't when you're in debug mode. 
> I could also call it "debug" instead of "info", as it is intended to 
> provide debugging information.

Its hard to get the OK if you get warning like this:

WARN: PKGNAME is ${DISTNAME} by default, you don't need to define PKGNAME.

And no, I didn't define PKGNAME in that Makefile.

> >>- I don't like uppercase letters. ;)
> >
> >This is not a real reason for doing it.
> >I personally like the uppercase ones.
> Hmmm, I see that this really is an issue of opinion. I already thought 
> about leaving the "ERROR" in uppercase letters and making the others 
> lowercase, but that would be inconsistent. I just don't like it when 
> programs yell at me just because of warnings. Well, let's hear some 
> other opinions.

Isn't the sole reason for using pkglint the task to find problems and
you expect to get either an OK or some ERROR or WARNING messages?