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Hierarchical data (was: Light weight support for JSON)

From: Chris Dunlop
Subject: Hierarchical data (was: Light weight support for JSON)
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2022 09:38:35 +1000

On Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 11:11:26AM -0400, Chet Ramey wrote:
On 8/29/22 2:03 PM, tetsujin@scope-eye.net wrote:
It would also help greatly if the shell could internally handle hierarchical data in variables.

That's a fundamental change. There would have to be a better reason to make it than handling JSON.

I've only a little interest in handling JSON natively in bash (jq usually gets me there), but I have a strong interest in handling hierarchical data (h-data) in bash.

I admit I've only had a few cases where I've been jumping through hoops to manage h-data in bash, but that's because, once it's clear h-data is a natural way to manage an issue, I would normally handle the problem in perl rather than trying to force clunky constructs into a bash script. In perl I use h-data all the time. I'm sure if h-data were available in bash I'd be using it all the time there as well.


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