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Re: GConf in Debian Sarge

On Sun, 20 Jun 2004 19:01:24 +0100
Ross Burton <ross@burtonini.com> wrote:

> Next, we're taking the plunge and moving the .schemas files from
> /etc/gconf/schemas to /usr/share/gconf/schemas.  Files in /etc are
> treated specially in Debian and dpkg will allow the user to keep the old
> schemas instead of installing the new files, which is confusing and can
> potentially break software.  We're going to implement this by moving the
> schema files at package build-time.  It would be great if this change
> was in GConf 2.8, as it should only need a patch to the
> AM_GCONF_SOURCE_2 autofoo snippet (and then becomes a packaging issue).

We have been doing this in pkgsrc (The NetBSD packages collection,
http://www.pkgsrc.org/) for a long time (since February 2003 IIRC).
Since then, I've been fixing a lot of software to honour the configure
flags provided by the AM_GCONF_SOURCE_2 macro (they didn't care about
--with-gconf-schema-file-dir value, nor --disable-schemas-install),
but I'm sure there are still several broken ones.

I would like to see the default changed (it's saner), but changing it
will leave many packages with different defaults, so you'll need to
make sure (from jhbuild, for example) to always pass the right configure


Julio M. Merino Vidal <jmmv@menta.net>
The NetBSD Project - http://www.NetBSD.org/

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