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From Brian McCallister <>
Subject Re: Some ramblings on httpd config
Date Thu, 04 Jun 2009 02:24:46 GMT
I would like to see the *output* of configuration be a struct (of
structs), and the actual config files are never looked at again (until
reload). At that point we don't need to care how it is built, and we
can try using lua, vcl, xml, jelly, groovy, windows ini files, or
plists :-)

I suspect (and, kind of, hope) lua will win.


On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 5:31 PM, Graham Leggett<> wrote:
> Akins, Brian wrote:
>>> This does IMHO not address any of the problems users usually have and
>>> that are mainly due to a lack of validation.
>> First of all, I don't really care about "normal" users, to be honest. Admit
>> it, I'm not the only one.  However, I do know that we can't just break
>> everything for them.
> While I see the benefits of allowing people to do powerful things with a
> programming language configuration, I see far bigger downsides, not the
> least of which is that suddenly end users need to learn a new
> programming language.
> And it's not about how "easy" it is to learn a new programming language,
> it is the fact that I have to learn the language at all. I just don't
> have time to mess around.
> If you come up with a configuration syntax that can keep it simple for
> most people, but allows you to plug in a configuration language for
> those that need one, you're onto a winner.
> But if you try and fix one group of people's problems by causing
> additional problems for another group of people, you've achieved nothing.
> Regards,
> Graham
> --

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