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Re: configuration files

From: Jeremy Messenger <mezz7@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:32:00 -0600

On Thu, 11 Dec 2003 11:27:57 -0600, James Frazer wrote:

> Just a hypothetical question I've been pondering lately:
> I'm just wondering what the future holds for configuration files found 
> in /etc (or wherever for that matter) ?  Are we ever going to see a 
> shift towards an XML based config-system?  Or is the general consensus 
> that 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' ?

Ummmm... Well, I only will support this idea if DragonFly don't plan to
touch neither ee, vi or any editor to configure anything but using
web-based or some GUI apps for configuration files.

Change to XML based config-system and edit them by the editor is just a
silly idea to me. :-)

For the best example, I think the m0n0wall project just did it right to
use the XML based config-system because it's doing by the web-based config
mostly. Another example is Gnome uses XML.


> I know there's a lot of merit/legacy in the standard *nix way of doing 
> config files, but it seems kind of logical that an XML based 
> config-system would be the next step.  It's still text based, and 
> therefore can be edited by hand (if necessary), but it can also be 
> validated to ensure correctness (in structure & syntax).
> Is there any interest in this sort of thing?
> I'm just curious,
> --James

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