Re: GNOME: lack of strategic roadmap
- From: Richard Stallman <rms gnu org>
- To: Ivan Frade <ivan frade gmail com>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: GNOME: lack of strategic roadmap
- Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:32:49 -0500
At a technical level, I wish that GNOME made it easier to relate
the visible GUI level to the underlying level of the command line.
When I designed GDB, previous debuggers for C programs had C-level
commands (viewing source code, specifying line numbers, examining data
using symbol names and displaying values as C structures) and
machine-level commands (viewing instructions, specifying addresses,
examining data as words or bytes) and no easy way to connect between
them. That was often a hassle, so I took care to provide ways to move
between the two levels, for instance to convert addresses into line
numbers and vice versa.
The GNU system today has a similar kind of problem in that error
messages from GNOME say nothing about what's going on at a lower
level. They only say "This didn't work". It seems to be intended
to completely hide the lower levels of the system even when we WANT
to look at them.
I suppose most users don't know about the lower levels and don't want
to know. But many users do want to know; they want a way to find out
about the failure: what program, what command was run, what process,
what file, what error message, etc.
For the next major release, how about providing a systematic way to
get this information in windows that pop up to tell you something failed?
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