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Re: XML based startup scripts

From: Marcin Jessa <lists@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 16:28:53 +0000

Hi Steven, guys.

Thanks a lot for the links. Seems like YAML + python could be a killer combo.
What I(we) will work on first is a new rc.d system for wifibsd, which is a FreeBSD for wireless network appliances (minimalistic router soft, something ala m0n0wall).
When we make something that really kick ass, we'll share the ideas and code and hopefully backport it to DragonFlyBSD if possible.
What I am really missing in modern NIX'es is something that could combine the robustness and ease of use of shell scripts with flexibility of XML or YAML.
I'd love to see something that can glue toghether GUI and console world and maybe even web-based tools.
Thanks again for the ideas.

On Fri, 11 Mar 2005 18:10:24 +1000
Steven Shaw <steshaw@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 23:49:49 +0000, Marcin Jessa <lists@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hi guys.
> > 
> > Any of you ever thought of replacing the "antient" startup shell scripts with something 
> > more flexible ala MacOS X/Darwin XML based solution?
> Let me confess that I don't like XML much. For configuration files
> that are quite structured, it might be worthwhile using a structured
> data format (over properties/variable format). I'd suggest something
> lighter weight than XML. Either JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) with
> implementation in various languages including C or YAML.
>   http://www.crockford.com/JSON/example.html
>   http://www.yaml.org/
> I prefer JSON mainly because I like the curly brackets - you know when
> nested elements end and can use % in vim to match them.
> Oh and "Hi" from a lurker :)
> -- 
> Steven Shaw http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?StevenShaw


M. Jessa

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