Proposed lexer for parsing krb5.conf files

Jeffrey Altman jaltman at MIT.EDU
Tue Nov 22 14:21:49 EST 2005

Wyllys Ingersoll wrote:

> Agreed, I was not proposing that at all.   Keep support for the
> old format, but design the new one in XML - make the code
> smart enough to know how to choose the right way to parse it.
> I don't see how this would break interop.

It is the writing of the old format that we are attempting to fix.
We are not trying to develop a new format for the sake of developing
a new format.   We are trying to fix a broken implementation of the
krb5.conf format that results in unintentional data corruption
when writing the imported profile data back out to the file.

The Windows and MacOSX credential managers provide GUI tools for
the editing the contents of the file.  It is crucial that these
functions work correctly.  (The data that is corrupted is the
ordering of the CAPATH data.)

Jeffrey Altman

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