svn commit: r46190 - head/en_US.ISO8859-1/htdocs/news/status

Benjamin Kaduk bjk at
Mon Jan 12 03:17:56 UTC 2015

Author: bjk
Date: Mon Jan 12 03:17:54 2015
New Revision: 46190

  Add libxo report
  Approved by:	hrs (mentor, blanket)


Modified: head/en_US.ISO8859-1/htdocs/news/status/report-2014-10-2014-12.xml
--- head/en_US.ISO8859-1/htdocs/news/status/report-2014-10-2014-12.xml	Sun Jan 11 16:16:29 2015	(r46189)
+++ head/en_US.ISO8859-1/htdocs/news/status/report-2014-10-2014-12.xml	Mon Jan 12 03:17:54 2015	(r46190)
@@ -2265,4 +2265,64 @@
+  <project cat='bin'>
+    <title>libxo: generate text, XML, JSON, and HTML output</title>
+    <contact>
+      <person>
+	<name>
+	  <given>Marcel</given>
+	  <common>Moolenaar</common>
+	</name>
+	<email>marcel at</email>
+      </person>
+    </contact>
+    <links>
+      <url href="">libxo: The Easy Way to Generate text, XML, JSON, and HTML output.</url>
+    </links>
+    <body>
+      <p>Many &os; utilities provide insight into the operational
+	state of a running &os; system and as such are used regularly to
+	monitor the system.  These utilities provide their output in a human
+	readable form and sometimes even optimized for the limited width of
+	traditional terminals.  Often times these utilities are used by other
+	programs that want to present the output in different ways or as part
+	of other user interfaces.  For such use cases, it is infinitely better
+	to work with machine-readable output instead of human-readable
+	output.</p>
+      <p>Juniper Networks has created a library called libxo, that
+	makes it easy for utilities to emit output in various
+	formats.  By default the text output is emitted, but with the
+	introduction of the <tt>—libxo</tt> option this can be changed to
+	XML, JSON and HTML.  The &os; project has imported this library
+	into the base system and is in the process of rewriting utilities
+	to use libxo.</p>
+      <p>Related to this, &os; now also has the <tt>xo</tt> utility that
+	allows scripts to grow the same capabilities. Instead of
+	using <tt>echo</tt> or <tt>printf</tt> in scripts, output can be
+	done using the <tt>xo</tt> utility.</p>
+      <p>The <tt>df</tt>, <tt>w</tt>, and <tt>wc</tt> utilities
+	have been converted to use libxo.  The <tt>netstat</tt>
+	utility is in the process of being converted and others are
+	planned.</p>
+    </body>
+    <help>
+      <task>
+	<p>&os; contains a lot of utilities that could benefit from
+	  having the ability to emit various output formats,
+	  too many for a few people to convert in time for &os; 11.0-RELEASE.
+	  If you or your company would like to see a particular
+	  utility converted, consider learning about libxo and
+	  trying to perform the conversion of said utility to help
+	  out.</p>
+      </task>
+    </help>
+  </project>

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