[linux-elitists] Should software apologize?
Mark van Walraven
Thu May 2 03:42:07 PDT 2002
On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 09:11:29PM -0400, Michael D. Hirsch wrote:
> Um, because it is more friendly than calling the user a moron? I
> think more software should apologize.
I particularly like the warning in make-kpkg:
"Warning: The file include/linux/version.h exists\n";
"If you did not run make-kpkg clean after configuring\n";
"the kernel with make (menu|x)?config, the chances\n";
"are that it does not contain the appended version:\n";
"If that is the case (or if you are not sure), I \n";
"strongly recommend that you abort now. By default,\n";
"though, I assume you know what you are doing, and I \n";
"apologize for being so annoying. Should I abort[Ny]?\n";
To some extent the author is apologising for not inspecting version.h,
but the tone of the second-to-last sentence appeals to me. (I strongly
dislike software needlessly blocking me from a correct action that it
thinks is wrong).
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