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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-10-17 08:39:20

One of the things that makes Boost.Build hard to use is that error messages
aren't very helpful, or are even downright misleading. (I'm guessing that
this is a problem inherited from jam, rather than anything the Boost.Build
team has done.)

I'm also guessing that most of the trouble is caused by a very few
messages, so it might not be all that hard to fix. Thus this posting.

Trying to run the Win32 regression tests on the main trunk for the first
time since the 1.29.0 release produced a couple of examples (probably
because developers forgot to update status/Jamfile):

"don't know how to make

If the message for this one was "file not found" with the actual absolute
file path, it would be easier to interpret.

"don't know how to make <borland><*><cxxflags>-w-8026 -w-8027 -w-8057
-w-8084 -w-8092"

That one is so obscure to me as a non-expert user that I have no idea what
is wrong, so can't suggest better wording. The same attempt to suppress
borland warnings appears a number of times in the Jamfile, why one is
somehow deficient is a mystery.

I'd really be surprised if better diagnostic messages didn't reduce support
requests and reduce user frustration.



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