configuration system notes

Havoc Pennington hp at
Thu Apr 7 19:14:51 EEST 2005

On Thu, 2005-04-07 at 12:03 -0400, Avery Pennarun wrote:
> I think elektra, now that it has pluggable backends, is actually the current
> best choice for "the" configuration system.  Perhaps if someone implemented
> Havoc's "new gconf" spec, it would be nice... except that they haven't.

But that's irrelevant because we already have GConf and KConfig, which
are currently better than Elektra. We aren't going to downgrade what we
have just to get a common system. The common system has to be an

If it was common system vs. nothing, then you'd be right; we could
ignore my futuristic ideas and just use what someone wrote. But we are
comparing to existing, working systems - and the point of my suggestions
is to tell people how to _improve on_ the existing GConf system to offer
something better.

If people ignore the suggestions and write something worse, then that's
great, but we aren't going to use it.


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