>>"Craig" == Craig Sanders <email@example.com> 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
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