On 3/2/15 5:27 AM, Alfred Perlstein wrote:
On 3/2/15 4:14 AM, Julian Elischer wrote:
Are you sure it's not the hairs on the back of your neck standing up
due to NIH?
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
is a pain, and it can't serve up JSON or HTML without additional
(If I'm reviving a long-settled thing, let me know and I'll drop
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..
Juniper has been doing this for years and it's very useful for them.
I'm not saying the ability to generate machine readable output is wrong,
but that the 'unix way' would be to make a filter for it. It seems
that the noisy people don't
agree with me so I will not stand in the way of progress..
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