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Re: config file formats
On Thu, Aug 04, 2011 at 11:43:29AM +0200, Jasper Wallace wrote:
> > Would anyone object to adopting a convention in which if the first
> > line of a config file begins with "#@" it identifies the format?
> > E.g. if we were to deploy a new syslog.conf format this year the first
> > line of new-format syslogd config would be
> > #@syslogd 2011
> > or something. Maybe the number should be the netbsd version, and/or
> > maybe it should have "netbsd" in it.
> > There are a number of legacy formats we should be attempting to move
> > away from; methods like this make backwards compat work, having a
> > convention for it is an obvious plus, and I don't know of any existing
> > such convention suitable for /etc.
> Do we have good enough support for extended attributes that they would
> work instead?
Maybe, but if so only very recently. And in some ways that would be
the right way to do it. However...
> (Thinking about it a bit more it might be too much like hard work, when
> you change a files format you have to remember to change the attribute
> with it, i can see people forgetting and that causing all kinds of
David A. Holland
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