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Re: [opensuse-factory] regedit for linux?
  • From: "Ulrich Windl" <ulrich.windl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 13:45:37 +0200
  • Message-id: <44746345.2848.B8ED27F@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

"Regedit for Linux" is called "PSGML for Emacs" I think ;-)
But XML is what ".ini" Files were for Windows 3.x: The larger the system, the
larger the files, and the slower access. Furthermore there was a "locking for
updates" problem. Seems we all have it back with XML.

I really wonder if there's any benefit of XML compared to ASN.1 BER for the
typical applications. An XML line with a length some 10kB isn't really "human-


On 24 May 2006 at 10:13, Frank-Michael Fischer wrote:

> Maybe someone can help me out of some of my bad feelings I am having
> around putting config data into XML files. One of the striking
> advantages (and used in day-to-day work almost daily) of linux versus
> windows was the use of plain text files for basically anything
> concerning system or application configuration. Putting more and more
> config data into XML files makes me worry if we are not going the
> "registry way" where reading, interpreting and changing config data
> becomes more and more a programmers job. Not that I hate the idea to
> create more and more higher qualified jobs around linux and the creation
> of the LCE (Linux Certified Engineer) position for simple system
> administration tasks. It might just raise the hurdle to switch to linux
> if the thing gets as confusing in administration as windows.
> Yes, XML is a "open" standard, compared to Windows registry. But in real
> life tasks it does not matter.
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