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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Diagnostic Utility For AG
Date Mon, 18 Feb 2008 18:53:43 GMT

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.

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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