Requirements and pre-analysis for a cross desktop configuration infrastructure

Kenneth MacDonald K.MacDonald at
Tue Mar 22 02:11:04 EET 2005

On Tue, 2005-03-22 at 10:31 +1200, Perry Lorier wrote:
> > Like
> > 
> > - Who wrote the value of this key? (which application)
> > - When was it's value last altered? (date/time)
> > - Is this the value of this key writable? (boolean)
> > - Who has been interested in this key? (application list)
> > - Whats the purpose of this configuration (description)?
> I'd like to suggest also the ability to store arbitary "comments" for 
> users.  I really miss being able to say "Changed this to 6 (from 3) to 
> make the foo feature work." or perhaps "The Foo installer changed this 
> value to "narf" during install").  Looking through /etc on a large 
> machine that's been installed for a while you see lots of comments made 
> by programs, or humans explaining why various bits of a config have been 
> changed.  I miss being able to set and read these on software managed 
> config systems.

And the providence of the setting.  That is, where did it come from?  In
the gconf world, for example, was it in a mandatory policy, or a user



Kenneth MacDonald <K.MacDonald at>

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