Improving Compiler Error Messages

Robert Jacques sandford at
Sun May 2 08:43:55 PDT 2010

On Sun, 02 May 2010 08:21:06 -0400, Adam D. Ruppe  
<destructionator at> wrote:

> On Sun, May 02, 2010 at 05:51:48AM -0400, bearophile wrote:
>> In 2010 people are not interested in the scrolling of text in the  
>> command line interface, even basic editors gulp down the error messages.
> You shouldn't speak for everyone without some solid evidence. I still  
> find
> some scroll related stuff to be annoying.

A bunch of (most?) editors have issues with multi-line errors. I know the  
early CUDA compiler had multi-line errors, and people had to write little  
perl adapter scripts to get it to work with Visual Studio. I mainly use  
Code::blocks and I'm fairly sure it can't handle multi-line errors by  

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