David,
 I don't mind it at all!

Out of curiosity, agreeing that File.read().scan() is much cleaner, is
it just syntactic sugar for the same thing, or is it computationally
different?

Thanks for the Hash[*Array] syntax btw, I've used it way way back, but
for the life of me couldn't remember it, thought maybe I was mistaken.

>  I know you're not asking for refactoring advice, but here's some
>  anyway :-)
>
>  If you're just going to read a file's contents into a string, you can
>  use File.read, rather than the whole open/read thing. Also, I'd
>  encourage you to drop the empty parentheses after method names.  The
>  message-sending dot tells you that it's a method; the () doesn't add
>  signal, just noise.
>
>  Anyway, here's a tweaked version, in case it's of interest. Nothing
>  too radical, just a couple of possibly fun alternative techniques :-)
>
>  File.read("filename").scan(regex) do |title,options|
>   samba_config[title] = {}
>   options.strip.each do |option|
>     samba_config[title].update(Hash[*option.strip.split(/\s*=\s*/)])
>   end
>  end
>
>
>
>
>  David
>
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