Bug 8965 - How does linuxconf stores string values ?
How does linuxconf stores string values ?
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: linuxconf (Show other bugs)
6.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Reported: 2000-01-29 15:06 EST by prabirm
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-04 20:23:35 EST
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Description prabirm 2000-01-29 15:06:36 EST
I wanted to stop bringing up the "eth0" interface during
startup. So I used linuxconf and it essentially updated
the file "/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0".

Now the interesting thing is, all the parameters are now
inside quoted string, which was the default case. For
example:
before using linuxconf
----------------------
DEVICE=eth0

after using linuxconf
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DEVICE="eth0"

Of course this is not a problem as long as shell scripts
can read the config file correctly. But the situation
will be different if a C of Java program wants to read the
values as strings. Is it not a potential problem ?

Regards,
Prabir
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-02-04 20:23:59 EST
These are shell-style configuration files, meant to be sourced by other shell
scripts.  This means that spaces, punctuation marks, and other oddities need to
be quoted.  A tool that tries to read these files but doesn't properly parse
shell quotes (ugly as they are) is therefore buggy.

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