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From "Pete Nelson" <pete.nel...@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
Subject Re: New GUI for Apache
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2002 13:02:08 GMT
Here's a big 'what if . . .'

I've heard that the apache documentation starts out in some XML format
(is this correct?) and then is transformed into HTML.  What if there was
a way to access that XML, and use it to see if the config directive you
want to use is correct for your version of Apache and correct for the
context in which it's being used?  You could also use the XML to
reference any 'help' on a specific directive.

I personally favor vi for configuring my server, but you certainly
could build a handy program for the novice just getting started - even
if it was a simple editor that allowed context-sesitive help.

--
Pete Nelson, Web Developer
<pete.nelson@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/

>>> ef@kwinternet.com 04/23/02 12:58PM >>>
Yeah, that is for sure! Try using the "migration tool" from IBM
webserver
config to Apache config, will ruin your day big time :) 

Still, it just sounds like lots of accounting work, version X no this
version Y yes that, very tedious, if the tool is to work at all. 



Eric 


>In general, Unix sysadmins tend to ignore things such as this because
of 
>their innate complexity and propensity to sod things up pretty badly.
In 
>my own experience, it is faster to RTFM and edit the config file by
hand 
>then try to use a GUI configurator, have it blow my configs all to
hell, 
>and then try to fix things.
>
>
>-- 
>Josh Glover <jmglov@incogen.com>
>
>Associate Systems Administrator
>INCOGEN, Inc.
>
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