XML is like violence …

There is an infamous quote that goes by:

XML is like violence. If it doesn’t solve your problems, you are not using enough.

It’s only a pity that the guys working on the new OpenSolaris Automated installer have either not heard of it or are either fraking morons. I mean I really can’t explain a good reason that they have replaced something like:

# wc -l ramu/sysidcfg
9 ramu/sysidcfg
# wc -l profiles/default
10 profiles/default

20 lines of simple and easy to edit text with:

# wc -l *
100 ai_manifest.defval.xml
496 ai_manifest.rng
171 ai_manifest.xml
87 default.xml
854 total

almost a thousand lines of a big and ugly PITA to edit set of files. Which can’t even do what Jumpstart can yet.

And I will be kind enough not to comment on IPS; not now at least.

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