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From: Robert Buchholz <rbu@g.o>
Subject: Re: Automation: Making package.mask better
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 00:33:42 +0200
On Sunday, 22. July 2007 14:18, Marijn Schouten (hkBst) wrote:
> � wrote:
>  > -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
>  > Hash: SHA1
>  >
>  > 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.
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Automation: Making package.mask better
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Re: Automation: Making package.mask better
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Re: Automation: Making package.mask better
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