Why I love unixish configs

content sling thoughts

I wrote this today while discussing configuration mechanisms with my colleagues.

I love the unixish way of configurating things because the configs are:


With find, xargs and grep I can (very often) find out where something is configured in my unixish system, with minimal initial knowledge.


It is easy to add comments to configuration items in a text-based config, and comments are not mangled when that config is later modified from a GUI, if that's available.


Copying the right config files from one system to another allows configs to be cloned.


By putting my configs under subversion control, I know what happened to them.


Processing my configs with simple tools allows me to create reports or dashboards easily.

The opposite of this is the M$ hell of opaque configurations managed by (sometimes even more opaque) GUIs, and unfortunately Sling leans more towards that opposite at the moment. We'll have to fix this.