Subject: XML for System Configs [ was Re: power management and related concerns ]
To: Jason Thorpe <>
From: Chris Jepeway <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/05/2006 20:09:46
>   At may day job I have written many shell scripts that parse XML 
> property lists to extract / migrate config information.
Um...sure, didn't Henry Spencer show that awk is Turing complete?

But, with an XML'ed /etc/passwd, I gotta use awk instead of grep
if I want to dig out a user's pwent?

The point isn't that "it can't be done," it's that "it's not
commonly done."  And that maybe preserving some common expectations
has a bit of weight, too?

> -- thorpej
Chris <>.