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Bug 66361 - Binary configuration files are bad
Binary configuration files are bad
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: alchemist (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
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Reported: 2002-06-08 12:05 EDT by Simon Perreault
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-06-08 12:05:51 EDT
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Description Simon Perreault 2002-06-08 12:05:46 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).

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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.

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Comment 1 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2002-06-10 10:50:46 EDT
It's just gzipped...

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