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    Peter Foldiak <Peter.Foldiak@st-andrews.ac.uk> said:
    > Horst von Brand wrote:
    > >Now think about files with other formats, for instance the (in)famous
    > >sendmail.cf, or less structured stuff like you find in /etc/init.d/, or
    > >just Postgres databases (with fun stuff like permissions on records and
    > >fields)... or just people groping in /etc/passwd wanting to find the whole
    > >entry (not just one field), or perhaps look at the 15th character of the
    > >entry for John Doe.

    > >This way lies utter madness (what format description should be applied to
    > >what file this time around?). Plus shove all this garbage into the kernel?!

    > I was suggesting this idea mainly form XML files, where the tags define
    > the parts clearly.

    Use a XML parsing library then.

    > In addition, I was suggesting that some of the XPath syntax (normally
    > used for within-XML selection) could be extended above the file level
    > into the file system.

    Urgh.

    > The problems you mention are all related to non-XML file format issues,

    Most (say 99,95%) files aren't XML; and if they are, the requisite parsing
    is probably on hand already, so...

    > which was only a minor comment in parenthesis in my original mail. I am
    > happy to do it only for XML to begin with (and if possible later see if
    > it can be done for SOME non-XML formats).

    Please don't.
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