[petsc-dev] error messages

Matthew Knepley knepley at gmail.com
Mon Feb 17 07:30:02 CST 2014

On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 7:46 AM, Barry Smith <bsmith at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:

>    90 plus percent of PETSc users must view error messages as a "useless
> blob of gunk that merely tells you an error has occurred".  How can we get
> them to understand that they contain useful information? Better formatting?
> Color?

There is a lot of ASCII noise around the message. Maybe we repeat the main
error message above with
nothing around it, and tell them to look below for more info?


>    Barry

What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their
experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their
experiments lead.
-- Norbert Wiener
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