Config parsing (2/4): Proposed syntax

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Thu May 10 18:09:49 UTC 2001

On 10 May 2001, Russ Allbery wrote:

> Strings can be continued on multiple
> lines by ending each line in a backslash.
> [...]
> In addition, any line beginning with "#", optionally preceeded by
> whitespace, is regarded as a comment and discarded before parsing.  The
> line must begin with "#" (and optional whitespace); comments at the end of
> lines aren't permitted.  Comments are removed prior to parsing and
> therefore aren't represented in the above grammar.

Can we get a clarification on the interaction of these two?  That is,
should the line following a line which begins with "#" and ends with "\"
be considered part of the comment or not.

(I believe it should be 'no', but we probably should specify explicitly)

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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