- To: Craig Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Subject: Re: Linuxconf
- From: Raul Miller <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 21:56:04 -0400
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> > So support the full grammar of the file.
Craig Sanders <email@example.com> wrote:
> debian currently has 1956 packages. most of them require a config
> file. do you think having that many individual parsers is viable?
(1) We don't have that many packages which require configuration
(2) Yes, I think it's viable to have a parser for each package which
requires configuration. [Or, several packages may share a parser if that
If that's not viable it's probably better to introduce a new config
file format for everybody than to introduce a scheme which is
a mix of several config file formats one of which is too complicated
for linuxconf to deal with.
> however, it's a problem which is inherent to non-templated
> configuration tools. linuxconf hasn't changed the way it operates, so
> at best it will have made the parsers a bit smarter but not eliminated
> the problem entirely.
I think it's also reasonable for linuxconf to present a dialog
to the effect that the configuration is beyond its ken, and it
has a choice of either replacing it entirely or doing nothing.
But you can do a lot with a decent parser.
> this issue was discussed at length last year in the debian-admintool
> list. check the archives from May '97.
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