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From Randy Terbush <>
Subject Re: Config file `programming language'
Date Fri, 20 Dec 1996 16:30:43 GMT

Both m4 and yacc are not standard tools on MS-NT that I am aware of.

Reality sucks.

> Adam Sah <> writes:
> > The Tcl community has had good experiences with using a Turing complete
> >    config files; I think there was a paper in the Tcl'94 conference on the
> >    pros and cons.  The upsides are pretty big; the downsides I've experienced
> >    are:
> I don't think we need a config "language". A yacc parser and a well
> thought out configuration syntax is something I'm keen on. For 2.0
> we've got the opportunity to throw away whatever we want and
> re-implement it the way we think it should be.
> The configuration mechanism is on of those things that needs a total
> re-think since it's evolved ad-hoc and is getting to be a bit of a
> mess.
> As for m4. We don't really need to build anything specific into
> Apache, if admins want to maintain their config files using m4
> templates then they are free to do so, if we do decide to rethink all
> this then a lex/yacc solution is my preferred choice.
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