On Mon, 2007-08-13 at 16:27 -0400, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
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This is the Windows INI file format. As such, it's easy to find code samples in almost any language that parse this format for you. For example, Python has a core library called ConfigParser that will read these in, and somewhere around here I even have some UNIX shell code that parses it. There's already a PostgreSQL-related project using this format--even on UNIX systems the odbc.ini config files look like this.

I already have a program that generates multiple postgresql.conf files using this format around here for exactly this sort of test (compare benchmark results with two different configurations), just never had a reason to package it up for anybody else to use. It's trivial code if you use the Python parser.

On Tue, 14 Aug 2007, Simon Riggs wrote:

Sounds fine, though I'd prefer this in XML to allow further
extensibility in the future.

Putting this in XML significantly raises the bar for how complicated tools that work on these files must be, with the implicit dependencies that go with that. And as Andrew already pointed out, there is very little tree-structure to this data that justifies the extra complexity.

* Greg Smith [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.gregsmith.com Baltimore, MD

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