Massive libxo-zation that breaks everything

Julian Elischer julian at
Mon Mar 2 09:14:32 UTC 2015

On 3/1/15 10:49 AM, Harrison Grundy wrote:
> Thanks!
> That does seem useful, but I'm not sure I see the reasoning behind
> putting into base, over a port or package, since processing XML in base
> is a pain, and it can't serve up JSON or HTML without additional
> utilities anyway.
> (If I'm reviving a long-settled thing, let me know and I'll drop it. I'm
> trying to understand the use case for this.)

To me it would almost seem more useful to have a programmable filter 
for which you could produce
parse grammars to parse the output of various programs..

ifconfig -a | xmlize -g ifconfig | your-favourite-xml-parser
with a set of grammars in /usr/share/xmlize/
then we could use it for out-of-tree programs as well if we wrote 
grammars for them..

The sentiment of machine-readable output is nice, but I think it's 
slightly off target.
we shouldn't have to change all out utilities, and it isn't going to 
help at all with 3rd party apps,
e.g. samba stuff. A generally easy to program output grammar parser 
would be truely useful.
and not just for FreeBSD.

I've been watching with an uncomfortable feeling, but it's taken me a 
while to put my
finger on what it was..

> --- Harrison

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