DragonFly kernel List (threaded) for 2003-12
Re: configuration files
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,
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