There is a potential to excel at crash-and-burn in the IDE settings file, preferences.txt. There are TWO of them, one concerning the Processing language that you are cautioned NOT to modify, the other in the User path by the same name you are cautioned not to modify while the IDE is running, containing some tweaks to the look-and-feel. This is where it gets sticky. You can specify the number of lines in the console, the default being 4, in this file. That value is ALSO in the Processing language config file. In fact, several values are duplicated.
Now, 4 lines just wasn't really enough to look at compiler warnings while weeding out syntax errors in large projects, but changing it does not appear to have much effect. What was even more frustrating was that invoking the IDE a second time (having two copies running concurrently), caused the number of console lines to shrink.
Anyone else notice this?