In message <199604231304.PAA29861@slurp.neu.sgi.com>, Chan Wilson writes:
>What I'm proposing to do is have the list config file be a pure list of
> variable = value
>with *no* commentary.
Yes, this is probably a good idea. I've pondered this several times too.
It would save some CPU time in parsing the files, which is always a
good thing. Perhaps it would be a good time to experiment on more
parsing-efficient methods of storing the "internal" version of the
For a transition you could have a comment-detector put in the parser
which would call a "decommentify" routine and rewrite the config file
on disk whenever it encounters an "old-style" config file. It could
also even detect missing variables and insert defaults (even notify
owner of the new variables so she can confirm their values?)