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Bug#182754: marked as done (metalog: war is peace )

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Subject: metalog: war is peace 
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Package: metalog
Version: 0.7beta-3
Severity: normal

The "minimum" option is very poorly named.

The author must have intended for "minimum" to refer to the level of
importance of the message: A value of X means that messages with
an importance level less than X are discarded.  So far, so good.

Unfortunately, increasing levels of importance are represented by
decreasing integers.  The result is extremely confusing: the
assignment "minimum = X" means that values *greater than* X are

To fix the problem, either the variable name must change or the values
representing importance must be changed so that they increase with
increasing performance.  

For instance, the variable name could be changed to "maximum", since
it is much more intuitive to apply the concept of magnitude to the
variable values than to the meanings of the variables.  And in in this
case, it is just as natural to apply "maximum" to the quantity of
messages (i.e., critical message only is a minimal quantity of
messages) as it is to the importance of the messages.

Alternatively, invert the meanings of the variable values 0-7 so that
7 is the most important; or use English words, e.g., minimum = warning
means that only warnings and more important messages are printed.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux beth 2.4.20 #1 Wed Feb 26 02:14:42 EST 2003 i686
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8

Versions of packages metalog depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.3.1-13   GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libpcre3                      3.9-1      Philip Hazel's Perl Compatible Reg

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This package has been removed from Debian unstable because it was
unmaintained, old and according to the maintainer quite obsolte and

Martin Michlmayr

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