File and line numbers in error messages

Jeffrey Hutzelman jhutz at
Wed Apr 29 18:25:13 EDT 2009

--On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 06:16:54 PM -0400 Sam Hartman 
<hartmans at> wrote:

> I'd object very strongly to a version of this complied in by default
> or intended to ship in end-user/OS builds.

I think I'd object to having it turned on by default.  I certainly would 
not argue in favor of it being compiled in but not turned on.

In my last message, I meant to point out that once you have lots of 
messages which are the same, in the name of making things clear, being able 
to build a version with line numbers is useful for finding the right code 

I do not think line numbers are terribly useful in end-user/OS builds, 
since by the time you get a problem report you will often either not know 
what source was used or not have a copy.

-- Jeff

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