Errors should probably come after notes?

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Fri Apr 15 10:47:56 PDT 2016

> On Apr 8, 2016, at 4:23 PM, Mojca Miklavec <mojca at> wrote:
>> That's a tough question -- you wouldn't want users to miss the notes,
>> either.
> Sure. But notes can get pages long and when doing a mere upgrade they
> are often irrelevant ("if you want to make this version of X your
> default, run port select ..."). The error would be a few lines at most
> (not counting the "port -v ..." output of course, but just the lines
> that say where to look for long and how to report a problem).

Ideally, ports should not print irrelevant notes. For example, if the notes are telling you about how to copy a sample config file to make changes, the port might be improved to not print those notes if the sample config file had already been copied.

Not sure what to do about the "port select" notes though. You could not print them if a version has already been selected, but users who deliberately do not select one would continue to see irrelevant notes.

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