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From "Erik B. Craig" <>
Subject Re: Diagnostic Utility For AG
Date Mon, 18 Feb 2008 22:48:16 GMT

I don't think that such a thing should/would be built to necessarily  
automatically generate the wiki itself, but more of automatically  
generate a URL based on say, an  MD5 hash, that if the user were to go  
to this URL, would create a wiki page at that time (for example,

<md5 hash here>).

Upon visiting this URL, users could put any kind of information they  
want on this wiki-style page... what they were doing, environment,  
etc... if they have figured a way to prevent or fix it.. that kind of  
thing. If the page is already created/someone else has already posted  
information on this particular crash circumstance, this information  
would be viewable by all subsequent visitors.

I agree with you that it would be preferable to have a human-readable  
key, but also like you I'm at a loss currently as to how to generate  
such a thing. Perhaps it could be built so that those inputing  
information based on this hash could also provide a human readable key  
to access the same page, so that the same information could be  
accessed by either<md5 hash> or<human readable key>

Bottom line, the best thing for this would be to not have fully  
automatic communication, but more along the lines of user-opted/ 
controlled submission.

Erik B. Craig

On Feb 18, 2008, at 12:53 PM, David Jencks wrote:

> On Feb 18, 2008, at 10:14 AM, Joseph Leong wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I wanted to toss an idea out to the community and get some  
>> feedback.  A few other members of the community and myself are  
>> interested in creating a diagnostic utility for AG.  This  
>> diagnostic utility would perform something similar to what one  
>> would see when an application crashes and a prompter allows the end  
>> user to send a report to the developers.  However this idea has an  
>> open source twist to it - rather than the developers exclusively  
>> being able to view the issue or contribute a solution, any user  
>> can.  When an error or issue occurs in AG it'll generate a sort of  
>> unique message key that will be used to automatically generate a  
>> wiki type page somewhere.  This wiki page will include vital  
>> information that will help in debugging the issue.  There any user/ 
>> developer can post solutions or thoughts.  In addition, we'd try to  
>> aim to create some sort of standardized way to generate these  
>> message keys so if another user encounters the same error it will  
>> redirect or build upon the existing wiki another user has already  
>> opened.  Ultimately... the hopes are that this tool can serve as a  
>> convenient way for users to get help on their issues and expedite  
>> that process by automating a process and presenting it in an  
>> organized fashion.
>> I know theres plenty room for ideas and improvements to this.. so  
>> please feel to comment anything!
> I'm not sure I understand your proposal.  I think that letting a  
> geronimo installation communicate with anything not specifically  
> configured by the system administrator, in particular communicating  
> with a wiki at apache, is not acceptable.
> I'd be fine with the geronimo build having a profile that constructs  
> wiki pages for each error if they are not already present in the  
> wiki and having the error message include a key to the wiki page.  I  
> think it might be good to have the key be human-readable, but I  
> don't have an idea on how to accomplish that.
> thanks
> david jencks
>> To start.. does anyone have a list of what they'd like to see in  
>> the error reporting diagnostics?
>> Wishing you all the best,
>> Joseph Leong

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