Subject: Re: XML config file
To: None <>
From: Roman Kraevskiy <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/05/2006 12:39:57
2006/7/4, Iain Hibbert <>:
> On Tue, 4 Jul 2006, Magnus Eriksson wrote:
> >   In that case, go with XML all the way.  Convert all config files in the
> > whole system to XML, have command line tools that manipulate XML the way we
> > now use grep, awk, etc to manipulate text, include an XML parser library in
> > the base system that anyone can use in their programs, include good
> > documentation on all the above, etc.
> I guess this is just what Apple did.
> Just out of interest, does there exist a basic XML file editor that could
> be included in the base system for editing configuration files rather than
> having to use vi for this sort of thing?
> >   And the next time something similar needs to be done, we'll get another
> > "one-off, non-extensible special purpose file format".
> This happens already, the bluetooth.conf file is a new format, which I
> mostly took from FreeBSD though at least I put the parser in the library
> and amalgamanted a couple of different grammars that they had. I'm still
> not happy with it, and think a standard system config format and parser
> would be great.
> iain
> (please, cut tech-kern out of replies)

Yet another ?