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gconf as a customization tool?

when discussing some of the tools available for customized configuration
of packages on the freegeek distro list, the question was essentially
posed: where does gconf fit in?

(near the middle of:

how does gconf compare with other techniques such as debconf preseeding,
run-parts dirs, cfengine, config4gnu, etc. it's obviously limited to
only applications that make use of gconf.

my limited understanding is that you can tweak existing configuration
files with it. can you add additional configuration files (like with
run-parts dirs)? how do upgrades handle gconf customizations? i suppose
there are different ways to use gconf might fit into different

i'm not very familiar with gconf in general, but i'm curious.

live well,

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