[xsl] [ANN] XmlStarlet command line XML/XSL searching/editing freeware toolkit

Subject: [xsl] [ANN] XmlStarlet command line XML/XSL searching/editing freeware toolkit
From: "Mikhail Grushinskiy" <mgrushinskiy@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 00:13:47 -0400
XMLStarlet Command Line XML Toolkit 0.6.0 released.



XMLStarlet is a set of command line utilities (tools) to transform, 
query, validate, and edit XML documents and files using simple set 
of shell commands in similar way it is done for plain text files 
using UNIX grep, sed, awk, diff, patch, join, etc commands. 

This set of command line utilities can be used by those who deal 
with many XML documents on UNIX shell command prompt as well as for 
automated XML processing with shell scripts. 

The toolkit's feature set includes options to: 

Check or validate XML files (simple well-formedness check, DTD, XSD, 

Calculate values of XPath expressions on XML files (such as running 
sums, etc) 

Search XML files for matches to given XPath expressions 

Apply XSLT stylesheets to XML documents (including EXSLT support, 
and passing parameters to stylesheets) 

Query XML documents (ex. query for value of some elements of 
attributes, sorting, etc) 

Modify or edit XML documents (ex. delete some elements) 

Format or "beautify" XML documents (as changing indentation, etc) 

Fetch XML documents using http:// or ftp:// URLs 

Browse tree structure of XML documents (in similar way to 'ls' 
command for directories) 

Include one XML document into another using XInclude 

XML c14n canonicalization 

Escape/unescape special XML characters in input text 

Display directories in XML format 

Convert XML into PYX format (based on ESIS - ISO 8879) and vice 

XMLStarlet command line utility is written in C and uses libxml2 and 
libxslt from http://xmlsoft.org/. Implementation of extensive choice 
of options for XMLStarlet utility was only possible because of rich 
feature set of libxml2 and libxslt (many thanks to the developers of 
those libraries for great work). 

XMLStarlet is linked statically to both libxml2 and libxslt, so 
generally all you need to process XML documents is one executable 
file. To run XmlStarlet utility you can simple type 'xml' on command 
line and see list of options available. 

XMLStarlet is open source freeware under MIT license which allows 
free use and distribution for both commercial and non-commercial 

New binaries for Solaris8-sparc/RedHat-7.3/Mandrake-9.1/Windows have 
been released. (i586 rpm are for Mandrake-9.1 and i386 are for 
RedHat 7.3) 

We welcome any user's feedback on this project which would greatly 
help us to improve its quality. Comments, suggestions, feature 
requests, bug reports can be done via SourceForge project web site 
(see XMLStarlet Sourceforge forums at http://sourceforge.net/forum/?
group_id=66612, or XMLStarlet mailing list at 


XMLStarlet command line XML editing and searching tool


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