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XML might work if it was well-formed and laid out neatly as per a custom DTD, but that's just extra hassle for the sakes of getting XML to work.

Furthermore, I have seen some weird XML configuration files that go along the lines of this (forgive me if this isnt valid XML, it's only a crude example).
<xml> <file1 perms="rxwrwxrwx" contents="invoices for the month of may">/pa +th/to/some/file1<file1> <file2 attributes="hidden from floor staff" expires="Mar,2007" conten +ts="company downsizing plans">/path/to/some/file2<file2> ... </xml>
That opposed to the micro$oft .INI fmt
[File1] File=/path/to/file1 Perms=rwxrwxrwx contents="invoices for the month of may" [File2] File=/path/to/file2 Attributes="Hidden from floor staff" Expires="Mar.2007" contents="company downsizing plans"
The latter not only looks neater, information is easily gleaned out of it when a human reads it. Less is likely to go wrong with it too, IMO and (Tongue in cheek) it also takes up less disk/memory space. :)

Well, I'm a fan of XML (for various reasons) if it's machine-generated and machine-read, I'd consider it in in-house config-files (as long as staff were XML-savvy), but if I wanted to save support staff the headache of dealing with an external XML-unsavvy user, I'd use .INI or something along those lines. XML is just not worth the hassle if you are going to have other people meddling about with it.

In reply to Re^6: Config Files in Perl by Firefly258
in thread Config Files in Perl by narashima

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