Cryptic error message of the day

I love Linux, but sometimes you have to wonder just what was going through the minds of some of the developers. Take, for example the following error message that appeared when I (for all intents and purposes) clicked on my DVD drive:

Linux Error Messages Suck

Can you figure out what the problem was? No? Neither could I. And then I looked at the DVD drive, which was open…


Error messages should be expressed in plain language (no codes), precisely indicate the problem, and constructively suggest a solution – and I can see that it’s trying (it’s trying real hard) – but I really still would have preferred “No disc in drive. Please insert a disc.”

7 thoughts on “Cryptic error message of the day”

  1. I hate to say this. but this is not a cryptic error message at ail. It just requires that you have some knowledge about linux. If you do it gives you all the information that it can to fix the problem, and then provides you with a location to get more information on the specific error.

  2. I second Dan. Read the message with understanding, everything is clear.

    By the way, how did you open the DVD drive when the DVD was mounted?

    1. It wasn’t mounted – the drive details just hadn’t updated to reflect the fact that disc had been ejected (some hours previously). Then when I clicked on the stale drive entry in Nautilus, I got that.

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