[Bug 197306] Improve feedback of mergemaster

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            Bug ID: 197306
           Summary: Improve feedback of mergemaster
           Product: Base System
           Version: 9.3-RELEASE
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Only Me
          Priority: ---
         Component: bin
          Assignee: freebsd-bugs at FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: krichter at posteo.de

Invoking `mergemaster` fails with the error message `Unknown modifier 't'`.
Error messages of such low quality should not be shown to the user. He_she
needs to know what went wrong (in which file, etc.) and how to get starting
fixing the issue. The complete output of the failing command is:

    # mergemaster

    *** The directory specified for the temporary root environment,
        /var/tmp/temproot, exists.  This can be a security risk if untrusted
        users have access to the system.

      Use 'd' to delete the old /var/tmp/temproot and continue
      Use 't' to select a new temporary root directory
      Use 'e' to exit mergemaster

      Default is to use /var/tmp/temproot as is

    How should I deal with this? [Use the existing /var/tmp/temproot] 

       *** Leaving /var/tmp/temproot intact

    *** Creating the temporary root environment in /var/tmp/temproot
     *** /var/tmp/temproot ready for use
     *** Creating and populating directory structure in /var/tmp/temproot

    Unknown modifier 't'

    Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string

      *** FATAL ERROR: Cannot 'cd' to /usr/src and install files to
          the temproot environment

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