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From Daniel Lopez <>
Subject Re: New GUI for Apache
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2002 19:44:41 GMT

> > As a quick thought.  Something I have been thinking about for a few
> > years, and I know some of the other developers want to see this as well.
> > There is a comment field for every directive in a module.  That comment
> > field could accept an XML description of the directive, which would
> > allow us to generate the docs directly from the module, and it would
> > allow the server to better validate people's configs.  Finally, GUI
> > programs could also use the same XML to validate configs.
> This is becoming a bit off-topic, but your idea sounds both good and 
> similar to something that I was just reading (and discussing) the other 
> day about standardising config files across projects. [1]
> The general idea was this: if there was a standard config file format 
> (and most sane people are advocating XML for that format), GUI tools for 
> configuring things (and shell scripts, for that matter) would not run 
> into some of the nasty problems that we were talking about earlier. This 
> would help projects like Linuxconf more than something like an Apache 
> config tool, which only has to worry about one config file, but it is an 
> intriguing idea.

Comanche already uses such a language (XML-based) internally both to parse
the config files and create the GUI dynamically that you may want to have a
look at


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