On 3/1/15 10:49 AM, Harrison Grundy wrote:

That does seem useful, but I'm not sure I see the reasoning behind
putting into base, over a port or package, since processing XML in base
is a pain, and it can't serve up JSON or HTML without additional
utilities anyway.

(If I'm reviving a long-settled thing, let me know and I'll drop it. I'm
trying to understand the use case for this.)

To me it would almost seem more useful to have a programmable filter for which you could produce
parse grammars to parse the output of various programs..

ifconfig -a | xmlize -g ifconfig | your-favourite-xml-parser
with a set of grammars in /usr/share/xmlize/
then we could use it for out-of-tree programs as well if we wrote grammars for them..

The sentiment of machine-readable output is nice, but I think it's slightly off target. we shouldn't have to change all out utilities, and it isn't going to help at all with 3rd party apps, e.g. samba stuff. A generally easy to program output grammar parser would be truely useful.
and not just for FreeBSD.

I've been watching with an uncomfortable feeling, but it's taken me a while to put my
finger on what it was..

--- Harrison

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