DConf configuration system

Joerg Barfurth jub at sun.com
Thu Apr 7 16:56:09 EEST 2005

Patrick Patterson wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 April 2005 15:00, Jamie McCracken wrote:

>>If Uniconf is really suitable as a desktop config system then why are
>>some of us looking into creating an alternative like DConf?

> And your final question is what we've been asking ourselves for quite a 
> while. :)

Whenever I looked for information about what Uniconf *actually* does 
*today* and how it does it, all I found was a bunch of not very 
organized and apparently (largely) outdated wiki pages.

As I was not willing to read a big pile of source code (throw in your 
Stream package for good measure) I soon quit. Additionally it looked 
like UniConf's primary goal was to provide infrastructure to wildly mix 
and stack various existing bits and pieces instead of aiming for the one 
successor to most of these pieces that can be used by all desktops (and 
desktop-neutral apps!).

I think all this stacking and adapting can be a useful approach for 
providing a unified administration interface for legacy configuration 
data - particularly for system services. Here rewriting things to not 
use their special configuration systems directly any more is huge work.

OTOH the 'front-end' part of this (i.e. adapters for existing client 
APIs to talk to a DBUS API) could be useful, but here there wasn't 
really any documentation at all - or I haven't found it.

To be a candidate for an XDG standard, clear documentation with detailed 
semantics is surely required.

Ciao, Joerg

Joerg Barfurth              Sun Microsystems - Desktop - Hamburg
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> using std::disclaimer <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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