Fatal and unused - full text

Subject: Fatal and unused - full text
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 12:22:03 -0000

There are five types of log file on the platform that we supply to outside
developers. The fifth type is "Fatal".

The note the SME provided for it said:

FATAL - used for very serious problems that may cause the whole system to
fall over (please don't write any code which needs this log).

I rewrote:

Fatal is used to log very serious problems that can cause the whole system
to crash. We have not provided an example because we don't actually want you
to ever need to use this log, or worse yet, cause us to need to use it.

(All of the other log type descriptions are provided with an example.)

I'm not sure the second sentence is necessary, but I liked it. It seems odd
but it's certainly logical to tell outside developers that we don't want
them find themselves using this type of log but that it does exist. Input?

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
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PS apologies for earlier truncated version: accidentally hit the send key
too soon.


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