[TAG] 2cent tip
ben at linuxgazette.net
Sat Jun 7 02:23:13 MSD 2008
On Fri, Jun 06, 2008 at 10:03:52AM -0700, Thomas Bonham wrote:
> Ben Okopnik wrote:
> > 1) What about indented comments? This script would miss them.
> This is one designed for configuration files like httpd.conf, snmpd.conf.
Why not make it as generally applicable as possible rather than
restricting it? If you're going to build a tool, make is as robust as
possible. You'll find that this is usually a matter of a tiny
incremental change - which is exactly what it is in this case.
> > 2) While you're at it, you might as well remove blank lines.
> I never thought of that part there.
> > 3) It creates a file ('original_name.free') instead of just fixing the
> > original file.
> This is how I want it to be because of the fact that a lot of the times
> I just want to see what is active in the config file or if I just would
> like to work with something that doesn't have all of that trash in the
> file. If you want to use it after clean it off you will just have to
> move it over your self.
In that case, you can always use the one-liner I cited without the '-i'
option. This will allow you to redirect the output to a file, or pipe it
to, say, 'less' so you can examine it.
* Ben Okopnik * Editor-in-Chief, Linux Gazette * http://LinuxGazette.NET *
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