Fiddle-Dee-Dee

March 6th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

I don’t know much about this stuff and what it means to the innards of my computer, but I noticed something this morning in the process of teasing through the console log on the iMac: I have several contextual menu items and input managers that have failed with the move to Mactel: Big Cat Scripts (future in doubt), TextSoap (coming along), MailTags (I think there’s a beta, but I quit using it so I don’t know) and one or two more.

They’re all dead or crippled on an Intel machine owing to Rosetta incompatibilities, but they’re also barfing all over the logs when they fail.

Maybe OS X doesn’t waste any more time on that sort of thing than to notice that a failure to load/initialize has occurred and jot it down in the log … that’s what I’m not sure about … but it seems like that’d be the sort of thing you’d bring to the user’s attention exactly once when you’re in the midst of a platform transition.

Maybe something like a dialog that says “Hey … this thing you use has died! Should I move it off to a folder for safekeeping or further examination?”

If it doesn’t cost the OS much to let the plugin fail each time, I guess it’s no big deal, but I’d think it would be a kindness to users (and maybe developers) if the OS was a little more proactive about outright failures of one of the more subtle elements in userspace.

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