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Re: The may/can/might business

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: The may/can/might business
Date: 2007-02-01 20:43:04
Message-ID: 200702012043.l11Kh4720805@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> 3606c3606
> <                    errmsg("aggregate function calls cannot be nested")));
> ---
> >                    errmsg("aggregate function calls may not be nested")));
> 
> I don't think that this is an improvement, or even correct English.
> 
> You have changed a message that states that an action is logically
> impossible into one that implies we are arbitrarily refusing to let
> the user do something that *could* be done, if only we'd let him.
> 
> There is relevant material in the message style guidelines, section
> 45.3.8: it says that "cannot open file "%s" ... indicates that the
> functionality of opening the named file does not exist at all in the
> program, or that it's conceptually impossible."

Uh, I think you might be reading the diff backwards.  The current CVS
wording is "cannot".

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