Proposed lexer for parsing krb5.conf files

Paul Moore paul.moore at
Mon Nov 21 15:10:32 EST 2005

The old code can read the old files. Nothing breaks. It was just a
thought - seeing as how your were planning to recode it anyway 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Altman [mailto:jaltman at] 
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 12:07 PM
To: Paul Moore
Cc: Joseph Calzaretta; krbdev at
Subject: Re: Proposed lexer for parsing krb5.conf files

Paul Moore wrote:
> Why not go crazy and drag krb5 kicking and screaming into the 21st 
> century and make the config file XML You get the parser, editors, 
> validation, low level API, pretty display, base syntax rules, base 
> extension capability all for free

At the cost of becoming incompatible with the existing base of
configuration files and tools designed to manage them.

I do not believe that XML is so much easier to deal with that it makes
sense to break backward compatibility.

Jeffrey Altman

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