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From: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
To: Derrick Stolee <stolee@gmail.com>
Cc: git@vger.kernel.org, "brian m. carlson" <sandals@crustytoothpaste.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] messages: avoid SHA-1 in end-user facing messages
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2020 21:45:01 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <xmqqlfihzvhu.fsf@gitster.c.googlers.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <ee61b773-91c0-4b30-1d5b-e941bba03867@gmail.com> (Derrick Stolee's message of "Thu, 13 Aug 2020 22:21:51 -0400")

Derrick Stolee <stolee@gmail.com> writes:

>> N_("Show blank SHA-1 for boundary commits (Default: off)")),
>> N_("Blank object names of boundary commits (Default: off)")),
>
> Is there a reason you dropped "show" here? Perhaps your
> intention is to use "blank" as a verb, but it read a bit
> awkwardly to me.

You guessed my intention correctly.  By using the word "blank" as a
verb (i.e. to fill the space, which should ordinarily contain
something meaningful, with whitespace instead), I can shorten "Show
blank" to compensate the lengthening of the message caused by
replacing "SHA-1" with "object name".

It also is more correct.  There is no "blank SHA-1"; blank cannot be
a valid SHA-1 hash value.  We are showing blank instead of SHA-1,
and I found that "blank" as a verb exactly has that meaning, which
was convenient.

The above is *NOT* to defend the choice of the exact phasing I used,
but to explain the criteria we need to use to come up with a better
alternative (in other words, why "show blank object name for..." is
a better replacement).

A better phrasing to replace it is of course welcome.

Thanks.

  reply	other threads:[~2020-08-14  4:45 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-14  1:07 Junio C Hamano
2020-08-14  1:11 ` brian m. carlson
2020-08-14  2:21 ` Derrick Stolee
2020-08-14  4:45   ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2020-08-14  4:51     ` Eric Sunshine
2020-08-14  8:22       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-14 12:21         ` Derrick Stolee
2020-08-14 16:31           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-08-14 16:40             ` [PATCH v2] " Junio C Hamano

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