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Re: Linuxconf

>>"Craig" == Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au> writes:

 Craig> i am also not sure that editing the config files directly is a
 Craig> good thing. in fact, i think it is prone to error, with
 Craig> potentially disastrous results (the parser would either place
 Craig> arbitrary restrictions on what can be done in the config file
 Craig> or would make mistakes).  IMO, the config files should be
 Craig> generated from a plain text template (i.e.  the config file
 Craig> plus some markup language), merging in the config values
 Craig> stored in a config database.

	I was going along, somnolently agreeing with your comments
 about the necessity of preserving comments, and then I hit this
 paragraph (and I hope I misunderstand it).

	Who do you think should not be editing the config files? There
 are times, especially in a crisis, where I tend to revert to
 my instinctive (and posssibly atavistic) direct manulation of the
 files the program reads (edit/save/hup/edit/save ...) and only when
 mail has stopped bouncing to the four corners of the earth that I
 backpactch sendmail.cf to sendmail.mc (and even add a cute little m4
 HACK if I have time).

	Don't you dare take editing the config files in the one true
 editor away from me ;-).

 We should often be ashamed of our very best actions, if the world
 only saw the motives which caused them.  -- La Rochefoucauld
Manoj Srivastava  <srivasta@acm.org> <http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
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