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Re: editfiles missing the profound function?


From: Jamie Wilkinson
Subject: Re: editfiles missing the profound function?
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 17:50:57 +1100
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This one time, at band camp, Yaroslav Halchenko wrote:
>Ni Jamie
>
>On Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 06:27:32PM +1100, Jamie Wilkinson wrote:
>> I also wrote about this on the wiki:
>> http://cfwiki.org/cfwiki/index.php/Talk:Editfiles_Considered_Harmful
>
>
>A Nice write-up. I am not sure if an introduction of a whole section
>"config" is necessary, it seems that there is no that much of a
>difference from the functionality of editfile

The only difference in my mind is that a configuration file is a special
kind of file, one with a required structure and rules (i.e. those placed on
it by the program that will parse it as input) that need to be followed.
To reflect that key difference, I made it separate from editfiles, so that
one would be less inclined to do something that broke the configuration :-)

Of course one could still config: and editfiles: the same file if they
really wanted to :-)
Only in my mind that configuration files are a higher level than text files,
so to make that clear that there's s
>introduced. Even more -- it would get advantage of using advanced
>editfile constructs to determine sections etc, so in files like
>apache/ssh configs you would be able to do local to some section
>(virtual host definition/hosts subgroup in ssh) changes.
>
>So as for me - it is that your already prototyped macro is missing
>from real implementation :-)
>
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