Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 66361
Binary configuration files are bad
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:02 EDT
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Description of problem:
Alchemist stores the configuration for multiple configuration tools in XML,
which is good. However, this XML is compiled in some way and then stored in
/etc/alchemist. Unless there is a very good reason not to do so, configuration
should be stored in play text, so that
1) It can be altered by hand, without using the configuration tools
2) It can be parsed and edited by scripts which have XML support but which don't
have (yet) alchemist support (think Perl).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to write a web configuration interface for printers in perl
2. Try to parse some files under /etc/alchemist, because printconf will
overwrite changes with its own configuration.
Actual Results: This is binary and can't be parsed.
Expected Results: This should have been textual XML readable by a human.
It's just gzipped...