Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:

> "Keller, Jacob E" <jacob.e.kel...@intel.com> writes:
>> On Tue, 2014-07-15 at 09:03 -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> ...
>>> >> Yes, that is fun.
>>> >> 
>>> >> I actually think your "In 'version:pefname' and 'wersion:refname',
>>> >> we want be able to report 'pefname' and 'wersion' are misspelled,
>>> >> and returning -1 or enum would not cut it" is a good argument.  The
>>> >> callee wants to have flexibility on _what_ to report, just as the
>>> >> caller wants to have flexibility on _how_.  In this particular code
>>> >> path, I think the former far outweighs the latter, and my suggestion
>>> >> I called "silly" might not be so silly but may have struck the right
>>> >> balance.  I dunno.
>> ...
>> I agree. But what about going back to the older setup where the caller
>> can output correct error message? I'm ok with using an enum style
>> return, to be completely honest. I would prefer this, actually.
> Depends on which older setup you mean, I think.  The one that does
> not let us easily give more context dependent diagnoses that lets us
> distinguish between version:pefname and version:refname by returning
> only -1 or an enum?

In case it was not clear, I do not think -1 or enum is a good idea.
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