My conclusions

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Sat Jan 26 17:32:45 PST 2002

Felipe Contreras wrote:

> * Posible Implementations
> 	From my point of view there are 4 kinds of posible implementations:
> 	1. The xml profile is translated to bash, then executed.
> 	2. The profile is translated to shell commands and each one of them
> 	is piped to a coshell that executes them and return the status.
> 	3. Each command is translated to shell command and simply executed
> 	with system() or something.
> 	4. Each command is handled directly by a system call or function.
> 	Each one of them has it's pros and cons, and it all depend on the
> 	language of the implementation. Probably the implementations will
> 	have to use some sort of convination, since for example an
> 	implementation of the 4th alone will not handle "./configure", ther
> 	is no way to do that without system().
> 	So, if we want to make a good profile we should think about this 4
> 	approaches of executing commands.

A fifth possibility is to generate a configuration file, say alfs.conf, 
and have an executable or perl script use the .conf file for input.  The 
.conf file would guide the executable.

That said, I vote for option 1.

  -- Bruce

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