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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Convert stderr message calling error_get_pretty

From: Markus Armbruster
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Convert stderr message calling error_get_pretty() to error_report() to prepend timestamp
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 02:00:40 +0200
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Luiz Capitulino <address@hidden> writes:

> On Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:23:32 +0200
> Andreas Färber <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Am 29.07.2013 23:20, schrieb Luiz Capitulino:
>> > On Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:23:29 +0200
>> > Andreas Färber <address@hidden> wrote:
>> >> Am 22.07.2013 23:03, schrieb Seiji Aguchi:
>> >>> Convert stderr messages calling error_get_pretty()
>> >>> to error_report().
>> >>
>> >> How is this related to error_get_pretty()?
>> > 
>> > Yeah, we're converting fprintf(stderr,) calls to error_report() so that
>> > error messages get a timestamp.
>> Want to add that to my http://wiki.qemu.org/DeveloperNews so that people
>> reading it stop adding new ones? :)
> Big IMHO here, but honestly speaking I'm not a huge fan of error_report()
> because I think that random code shouldn't be allowed to print to the
> monitor (only HMP code should).

A conversion from fprintf() to error_report() is always an improvement,

1. It makes the nature of the message explicit in the code.

2. It prints the error message in the proper form, with error location
when available.

3. When called in monitor context, it prints to the monitor rather than
stderr.  Printing directly to the monitor may not be clean, but it sure
beats printing to stderr, where the monitor user can't see it unless the
monitor happens to be on stdio.  Besides, there's plenty of code that
doesn't ever run in monitor context, thus needn't worry about QMP
vs. HMP.

> But it's widespread and it's where the timestamp lives, so calling fprintf()
> instead of error_report() will probably start hurting soon.

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