XML is designed to be human-readable. However, to minimise data transfer, the indentation and newline characters are often discarded during transmission. This results in a difficult-to-read XML file such as the one below:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?><note><to>Tove</to><from>Jani</from> <heading>Reminder</heading><body>Don't forget me this weekend!</body></note>
This XML file can be both checked for validity, and reindented using xmllint. Debian/Ubuntu users can find this as part of the libxml2-utils package.
xmllint --format input.xml output.xml This results in the following, more-sane output:
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