Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 176794
Standard configuration files format
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:57:25 EDT
The idea is to use xml/dtd/schemas for all the configuration files in a standard
and if possible, human-readable format.
Most of the applications and services have very similar configuration needs but
very rarely share a common format. I have searched for information on this
subject but found nothing relevant. The objective would be to have an organized
configuration directory (/etc ?) where the files have a standard and
The most important benefits would be specially for system administrators that
need to learn as many file formats as services needed... why are the
configuration files for the different MTA applications so different? The same
applies to web, ftp, database, etc... servers.
This could also make the automatization much easier. There are plenty of XML
parsers and checkers. And the checks can be very much customized using
DTD/Schemas. It'd be much easier for applications like webmin.
Thanks for your attention,
Pedro Bezunartea LÃ³pez.
*** Bug 176791 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 176793 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 176792 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
(In reply to comment #1)
> *** Bug 176791 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Have I sent this bug 4 times?
I really don't think that this is possible - most configuration files come from
upstream projects that are completely out of the control of Fedora. There are
automation tools such as puppet, and the up and coming configuration management
API's such as augeas (http://augeas.net) that may ease your burden.
For now, I'll close this CANTFIX since it's really completely beyond our control.
I wanted to file a feature request. I guess I should contact the LSB people
about this. I think it's an idea to consider for the future.