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Re: Wrong mode chosen

From: Daniel Pfeiffer
Subject: Re: Wrong mode chosen
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 21:24:51 +0200


Richard Stallman <address@hidden> skribis:

>     It seems that modes get chosen by auto-mode-alist rather than
>     interpreter-mode-alist, even if the file is executable and has a
>     magic number.  I feel this to be wrong!
> Maybe you're right, but I'd like to think about it.  Could you
> describe the case in which this caused trouble for you?
>     Likewise I keep stumbling over XML files, with all kinds of misleading
>     suffixes.  It would be way cool if any file that starts with <?xml be
>     automatically in xml-mode or html-mode.
> What suffixes do these XML files have, and why do they have them?

Right now I'm working on ini-mode.el which gives some basic handling, imenu,
outline and font-lock for conf files, like

var = value
var: value
var value

There are many subtle varieties of these syntaxes and also of file names.  But
by far the most *.ini, *.cf, *cfg, *.conf and *.config files are like this. 
But a
few however are also configuration shell scripts or xml files.  I recall also
having stumbled over other XML files, not only well known suffixes like .xsd,
.xslt or .wsdl, but also app-specific ones.

Btw.: ini sounds very windows-ish, which is where this mode originated.  Since
the focus is now much wider, I'm mulling a rename to conf-mode.  Any thoughts
on this?

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