XML namespace declarations in SP config files

Cantor, Scott cantor.2 at osu.edu
Wed Apr 6 09:22:09 EDT 2016

On 4/6/16, 12:14 AM, "users on behalf of Matthew X. Economou" <users-bounces at shibboleth.net on behalf of xenophon at irtnog.org> wrote:

>Why are there duplicate XML namespace declarations in the SP
>configuration files?  For example, in shibboleth2.xml the top-level
>SPConfig elements sets the default namespace to
>urn:mace:shibboleth:2.0:native:sp:config, but it also sets the conf
>namespace to the same value.  attribute-policy.xml does the same thing,
>where both the default namespace and the basic namespace are set to

Any time there are qualified attributes, it becomes necessary to define a prefix, and the defaulting is there to avoid extra markup. Prefixes are also better when using xsi:type, for clarity.

>I ask because I'm writing a Salt state formula that generates these
>configuration files, and I want to make sure to emit the correct XML for
>use with the SP.

Then you need to conform to the schema(s), and what you choose to do otherwise is up to you.

-- Scott

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