XML query language and another OS/XML suggestion

Oren Ben-Kiki oren at capella.co.il
Tue Mar 30 20:29:02 BST 1999

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>A note on the /dev/proc/xml mention: I've been thinking for a while that
EVERY data/meta-data
>interface to a typical OS (such as Linux/Unix) should have an XML form.
Maybe add or override
>-X  or --XML to all commands where it could possibly make sense.  ps,
netstat, lsof, ifconfig,
>df, egrep, ls, etc. are all good candidates.  Add simple tree/value
extraction to bash and
>you'd have more portability for a lot of things.

Wouldn't that be great? The UNIX pipe model has suffered from not having a
standard structured format, as has the /proc file system.  Not to mention
what this could do to an OS like Plan9 where "everything is a file" and
textual formats abound...

However this would be a major undertaking. Maybe someone in the GNU project
would consider it, though.

Have fun,

    Oren Ben-Kiki

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