in reply to "PAR'ing" XML configs?

You need to use the -a option to pp.

     -a, --addfile=FILE|DIR
         Add an extra file into the package.  If the file is a
         directory, recursively add all files inside that
         directory, with links turned into actual files.

         By default, files are placed under "/" inside the
         package with their original names.  You may override
         this by appending the target filename after a ";", like

             % pp -a "old_filename.txt;new_filename.txt"
             % pp -a "old_dirname;new_dirname"

         You may specify "-a" multiple times.


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My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
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