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From bh...@gensym.com (Ben Hyde)
Subject Re: [PATCH] <IfDefine> sections
Date Tue, 21 Apr 1998 15:46:14 GMT

Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> I am against designing a programming language piece by piece.   ...
> I believe the configuration file syntax should avoid being procedural
> ... A procedural configuration file would also become very difficult to
> represent in a GUI. ... I think for 2.0 we should examine moving the
> config language to something like XML.

Sentiments I agree with.

> I think the config engine should be frozen for the rest of 1.3 to allow the
> GUI efforts to grow ...

Yes.

The only reason to depart from that plan would be, for example, discovering a
requirement to make dynamicly loaded modules work out.  Recalling that Ralf's
example of what IfDefine is good for was toggling the loading of
modules, I happily note that is already possible with -C.

Ben Laurie wrote:
> R of Unusual Size wrote:
> > Hmm.  That's not how I interpreted it.  A separate namespace,
> > yes - but definitions set on the command line, not by modules.
> > E.g., "httpd -Dsym1".
> You misunderstand, I think. What he wants is for modules to push a
> symbol into the namespace, too, so instead of:

Yes, I prefer single set of symbols that controlling which parts
of the configuration data are considered applicable, not two
and not the one IfModule is currently using.

  - ben hyde

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