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XSH is an XML editing tool/programming language that can be used either interactively or for batch-mode XML processing. It may be used to query and modify XML documents. XPath expressions are used to select parts of XML document to be processed. Both the system shell and Perl are accessible from XSH in a very natural way. XSH uses XML::LibXML bindings of gnome-xml2 library in the background level. Features include (among others) the ability to work with multiple DOM trees at once, filesystem-like navigation within the DOM tree using XPATH, the ability to copy/move nodes within a DOM tree or between two DOM trees, a 'while' statement, and a Perl-like 'foreach' statement that lets you iterate commands over a list of strings or nodes.


Download version 2.0.1 (stable)
released on 5 December 2004

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey12 July 2002

Leaders and contributors

Petr Pajas Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Perl 5.6.0 or later
Required to use xmltools-bundle (

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 2 May 2005.


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