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UnixReview.com: XML and Configuration Files

Feb 11, 2001, 20:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"Last month, I wrote about the wonders of XML and how they could benefit the systems administrator. That's kind of a broad subject, and I'm sure better minds than mine could probably think of some exceptional ways to implement interesting time-savers and solutions that I haven't thought of yet."

"This month, I'll look at using XML for configuration files. You know, those pesky files lying about in /etc or other spots that are each in their own little formats. While these files serve a purpose, it's very difficult to write any type of centralized administration tool that has to work with multiple files. Most of us using Linux or other Unices eschew configuration wizards and GUI tools for system administration; however, easier configuration tools are needed to help bring Linux to new levels. Of course that doesn't mean we have to use them, it just means they need to be available."

"I'm going to look at a sample XML Schema for Linux configuration files. Last month, I mentioned using an XML Document Type Definition (DTD) for this task, but in the interim I've been looking over the XML Schema Recommendation and have decided that Schema might be the better way to go."

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