Proposal for a MIME mapping spec

Alexander Larsson alexl at
Thu Jul 8 09:08:46 EEST 2004

On Wed, 2004-07-07 at 23:46, Philip Peake wrote:
> Keith Packard wrote:
> >This is a user trap.  Install new desktop files and nothing happens until 
> >you run the 'magic' program.
> >
> >fontconfig stat's directories looking for changes and automatically 
> >regenerates a per-user cache.  If this is possible, it will eliminate a 
> >lot of errors.
> >
> >Duplication of data should be under system control, not user control.
> >
> >  
> >
> Yes, this is a potential problem that needs to be addressed.
> I would also like to add a plea to at least consider adding an 
> abstraction layer so that the on-disk hierarchy could be replaced by a 
> (possibly remote) database of some description (LDAP/RDBMS/etc).

This is an immense change in complexity. Going from a shared file format
specification to a common API with all the ABI stability issues, release
schedule differences, dependency hell and language bindings problems.

What exactly would this gain you? I see zero gain, only lots of pain.

 Alexander Larsson                                            Red Hat, Inc 
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