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Re: gconf as a customization tool?

> > 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
> > categories.
> >
> > i'm not very familiar with gconf in general, but i'm curious.
> it's possible as gconf allows you to use a different number of 
> 'configuration sources' (sets of settings) with a priority order between 
> the different settings (in case of the same setting being specified by 
> different configuration sources the value of the set with the highest 
> priority is used).

> So what you want to do is add in another configuration source with your 
> settings at the right priority.


> The big problem is that the list of configuration sources to use, and 
> priority of those sources is controlled by a single configuration file 
> (/etc/gconf/2/path) controlled by the gconf2 package. That package 
> currently doesn't provide a way to add in extra configuration sources or 
> control the priority of those sources (other then messing with the 
> conffile).


> The package desktop-profiles provides a cross-desktop way to control the 
> addition/activation/priority of configuration sets (profiles) (a standard 
> way to do this is needed to allow the combination of different 
> configuration sets, e.g. from different CDD's)

very cool. 

how difficult would the desktop-profiles package be to backport to

the code seems relatively simple, but i wonder if the environment
variables it hooks into are likely to change significantly(especially
over time).

live well,

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