attr filter "attrsfile" -> "file"

Phil Mayers p.mayers at
Wed Jan 9 14:12:10 CET 2013

On 09/01/13 11:23, Arran Cudbard-Bell wrote:

> That's the point of making things consistent, so you don't have to
> waste time referring to the man pages and documentation.

Just to point out: this change is not without cost. Thousands of 
sysadmins will have significantly more work upgrading their configs as a 
result. I'm all for rationalisation, but TBH you're not selling me on 
the cost/benefit tradeoff.

Your choice, of course. But you shouldn't be surprised if this kind of 
thing significantly retards deployment of 3.0.

> Also adding a module specific prefix to 'file' is wrong. You know
> what type of file it is by the module section it's declared in. The
> only place this would be of use would be in a completely flat
> namespace.

It may be "wrong" but it's what we CURRENTLY DO. Telling people "Hey 
we've changed our minds that thing we made you all do is now wrong" just 
irritates them.

Can we at least maintain backwards compatibility for one major version 
to read the old filenames? Surely it can't be that hard to have a short 
lookup table from the old names?

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