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From: René 'Necoro' Neumann <lists@...>
Subject: Re: Automation: Making package.mask better
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 15:57:42 -0700
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Alec Warner schrieb:
> On 7/22/07, Robert Buchholz <rbu@g.o> wrote:
>> On Sunday, 22. July 2007 14:18, Marijn Schouten (hkBst) wrote:
>> > � wrote:
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>> >  > Hmm ... automation:
>> >  >
>> >  > Without saying something on whether it would be useful or not, I
>> >  > think that we should change the format to sth which can be
>> >  > processed easily by programs (XML for instance).
>> >
>> > Yes, we could use s-expressions. They are as powerful as XML, but not
>> > so insanely verbose.
>> >
>> >  > To ensure human readibility, one could keep
>> >  > the text file and have the xml one addtionally.
>> >
>> > I don't think anybody wants to duplicate work like that. Anyway,
>> > s-expressions are easy to read for humans as well as computers.
>>
>> Why does the (text based) format of the file need to change at all?
>> Can't the metadata just be optional comments that are interpreted if
>> present. This would keep upwards compatibility for older pm versions as
>> well as easy local (un-)maskings for users, as already mentioned by
>> James Cloos.
>>
>> -R.
> 
> I never requested to change the format, I merely wanted to add data
> and make additions go at the bottom.  Other crazy people brought up
> the other formats.
> 
> -Alec

It has been a proposal only ... :) As I thought that automatic parsing
of arbitrary textfiles is an ugly thing to do ... But if you like this
more *shrug* do it ^^

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