[gst-devel] Alternative proposal which includes a system registry

Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller Uraeus at linuxrising.org
Sun Oct 27 03:48:04 CET 2002

Ok Thomas flamed me for wasting diskspace with my first proposal so here
is an alternative one which keeps the system registry :)


GStreamer Registry Design

GStreamer has a system registry in ${sysconfdir}/gstreamer stored as an
XML file. For this registry we have no automatic registry rebuilding as
it is updated when packages call gst-register (which they should) when
installing or the sysadmin manually running gst-register.

Running gst-register as root should make it search for plugins in:

GStreamer also has one plugin registry per user. The registry is stored
within $HOME/.gstreamer as a xml file. 

When an application calls the registry it first search the system
registrt, if no suitable set of plugins are found there it calls the
user registry. If no suiteable set of plugins are found in either
registry it should try rebuilding the registry. If still no useable
plugin is found this should be reported back. This might be a slow
process if the user tries again and again, but we must be allowed to
assume that if the user is told that format xy needs a new plugin
installed to be possible to play that they stop trying.

When auto-rebuilding the user registry it should include the following

'prefix' in the two examples abovem are the prefix that GStreamer was
installed into.

The user registry should at all times contain a full list of plugins. 

Other registries:
We might want to add other types of registries in the future, like the
discussed web registry. We should probably have a concept of priorities
in the registry search concept.
The user registry should always be priortity 1, rebuilding the registry
priortity 2, and for instance a web registry could be priority 3. If we
at some point add even more registries we can either just give them
priorities behind the others or re-order the priorities if that is the
obvious choice.

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