[ Please don't Cc: public replies to me. ] Further discussion should probably continue in debian-admintool, but I'm not posting to that list, since I'm not on it. Craig Sanders: > This is not only simple to implement, but it is also simple to > parse... Not quite so simple. If you need to allow all characters in the values, which requires using escapes and stuff, and consequently also makes it more difficult to parse. The /bin/sh syntax is inadequate (the rules are way too complicated). Making it a requirement for the files to be parsable by the `.' (source) command in /bin/sh is a bad idea. If nothing else, it makes it complicated to have multiple locations for the data, and to change the locations. You want multiple locations, so that you can have a master database, shared by all nodes in a network, with local modifications overriding the master, as necessary. Having shell scripts run a `cfgtool' -like program is a much better idea. My implementation would work, mostly, but if another is used, I don't mind. -- Please read <http://www.iki.fi/liw/mail-to-lasu.html> before mailing me. Please don't Cc: me when replying to my message on a mailing list.
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