[Bug 23682] New: Suggestion: Editbox with terminal output in crash window

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Sat Jul 17 06:55:57 CDT 2010


           Summary: Suggestion: Editbox with terminal output in crash
           Product: Wine
           Version: 1.2
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P5
         Component: -unknown
        AssignedTo: wine-bugs at winehq.org
        ReportedBy: VincentBeers at gmail.com

This is a feature request, not a bug.

Wine has an utterly useless "the application has crashed" window, or at least,
it had for a while, I don't know if that has changed. Anyway, I think said
window should have an unfoldable edit box containing all the terminal output of
the application up to its crash, and a button to copy the content in this edit
box. Finally, the crash description should indicate that you should copy that
text and bring it to the Wine forums in order to get help/troubleshooting.

Why? Because it makes giving feedback on Wine apps a lot quicker. A lot of us
do actually run Wine apps from the terminal, but most newbies don't, and this
is a way to assist them helping the Wine devs know about the problem a lot more
quickly than the usual routine, which is:

- Make a forum thread about how the app doesn't work, with little to no further
- Have someone tell you to run in terminal;
- Possibly learn to use the terminal, then run the app from there;
- (At this point, a day may have passed) Run back to the forums with actual
terminal output.

Adding the text box with the terminal output straight into the "application
crashed" window not only makes the window actually useful, but it also
eliminates the delay that exists because new users may have to be assisted in
actually running the app from terminal.

Further notes: of course, from that point, the user may be advised as to how to
run the app from terminal anyway, but at least for this time, or for any time
when they just want to double-click an app to run, they'll get the actual log
much more quickly.

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