Subject: Re: XML config file
To: Iain Hibbert <email@example.com>
From: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/21/2006 14:47:59
On Jul 21, 2006, at 1:46 PM, Iain Hibbert wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Jul 2006, Jason Thorpe wrote:
>> ...and we can do this now, with proplib.
> Ok, I've started using some proplib functions for passing
> information to
> and from the kernel and I like it so far. Is there a good reason
> why we
> can externalize a dictionary but not an array? or in fact, why not
> prop_object_externalize() ?
Because I modeled this somewhat after the CFPropertyList /
NSDictionary stuff in OS X. Specifically, NSDictionary has -
writeToFile:atomically:, which takes a dictionary and serializes it
to an XML plist file, as well as +dictionaryWithContentsOfFile: and -
initWithContentsOfFile:. NSObject itself has no such method.
I would be happy to add internalize / externalize routines for
prop_array_t (NSArray in OS X has similar methods to NSDictionary's
serialization support), but I don't want to add generic
prop_object_externalize() / prop_object_internalize() because it's
rather important, I think, to explicitly state in the code which
you're expecting and let the parser return an error when it gets the
> As to the utility of using XML for config files, it is handy having
> internalize/externalize function and I am going to use that, but after
> having looked at the output, my opinion is that its not very human
> friendly at all so better suited for private database files rather
> configuration files.
Perhaps I've simply grown so used to it... I now actively DISLIKE the
flat config files that BSD uses, because of their lack of structure :-)