[m-dev.] preferences for error contexts

Paul Bone pbone at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Sun May 17 10:35:18 AEST 2009

On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 05:57:26PM +1000, Zoltan Somogyi wrote:
> On 15-May-2009, Mark Brown <mark at csse.unimelb.edu.au> wrote:
> > This would have been written because the standard `error' program does
> > not handle mercury error messages, presumably.
> You presume wrong. The standard error program handles Mercury error messages
> just fine; Fergus and I picked the format for Mercury error messages to be the
> same as gcc's SPECIFICALLY to ensure that any tool (such as error) that could
> handle gcc's errors could handle mmc's errors as well.

This is motivating because other tools includes vim, emacs and other
development environments.

> The reason why we have our own version of error is that many if not most Unix
> systems these days do NOT come with the error program preinstalled.
> > distribute our error
> > program as part of Mercury.
> As Paul's already emailed before your reply, we already do.
> Zoltan.
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