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Re: comma vs space (was: Re: supporting http proxy via a config file)

From: Sean Russell <ser_at_germane-software.com>
Date: 2002-03-13 02:20:32 CET

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On Tuesday 12 March 2002 15:59, Greg Stein wrote:
> Our model for the config files is more like SSH or GNOME, where you have a
> subdir and per-semantic config files. The httpd model doesn't quite apply,
> IMO.

Ok, fair enough.

> XML and PYX are not human-readable or human-editable. Therefore, they are

Say what? I read and write XML and PYX by hand all the time, and last time I
checked, I was human. Vast numbers of non-professionals people, have been
coding HTML (while not XML, similar enough) by hand for years. While for
trivial configurations a simple "var = val" structure is sufficient, anybody
who has tried to look through the various KDE config files, which use exactly
that "var = val1, val2, val3" language, should have developed a healthy sense
of respect for decently structured data.

That said, as long as the SVN configs aren't expected to get very complex, it
isn't a problem. Configuration reader/writers, if decently encapsulated,
should be easy to swap out if things go in an unexpected direction.

> results of "what format?" still apply. I'd be happy to dig up references to
> the discussion thread, if people really wanted to discuss/argue the merits
> of the formats :-)

Naw, not really. I've said my piece.

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