Elektrified X.org released (was: X configuration paradigm, and a proposal)

Alan Cox alan at redhat.com
Tue Nov 30 18:23:38 EET 2004

On Tue, Nov 30, 2004 at 12:18:21PM -0300, Avi Alkalay wrote:
> don't permit HW vendors, or X plugin writers, to independently extend
> it. Whit a key/value pair paradigm, these folks can write a 10-line
> Shell script to correctly integrate itself in X, without having to
> deal with a lexical parser, complex structs, and C.

In all the systems I've seen so far trying to just burn disk and performance
with simple key/value pairs this isn't true because

	1.	You need to do locking
	2.	You need to do atomic changes of multiple keys
	3.	You might run out of disk space
	4.	You need rollback

The current xorg.conf certainly doesn't solve these either but anything trying
to be a grad unified config scheme just won't work with one file per key.
Gconf proved that pretty conclusively.

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