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Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

Posted Nov 25, 2010 11:33 UTC (Thu) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
In reply to: Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated by Tara_Li
Parent article: Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

I'm a big fan of keyword=value as well, but just that is never enough. My favourite example at the moment is udev - the rules files (/lib/udev/rules.d/) are essentially keyword=value sets, but they also allow GOTO="somewhere" and LABEL="somewhere". goto certainly has its place, but but keyword=value isn't that place.

You at least need some macroscopic structure. Sometimes [sectionname] (using the the config files used by samba and many others) is enough, but sometimes you really do what an hierarchical structure. And in that case, mimicking the structure of a programming language makes sense (though I would prefer to follow python myself).

... because really, there is no difference between the 'program' and the 'data' - they are both streams of bytes and both need to be interpreted by some machine...


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