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Re: Bug#215946: /etc/kde3/magic/*.magic

Bill Allombert writes:

> What you need is a 3-way overriding process like Debian menu does:

> 1: ~/.kde3/share/config for user config.  2: /etc/kde3 for sysadmin
> config.  3: /use/share/kde3/config for package config.

> Files in 1) override files in 2) and 3), files in 2) override files
> in 3).

> You ship 2) basically empty (everything should go in 3).)

> e.g. menu use 1: ~/.menu 2: /etc/menu 3: /usr/lib/menu

Hi all,

I think this bug touches on a general problem with KDE and the
location of its config files.  I have looked around a bit, and I would
like to propose the following changes:

Set kde_confdir to "$kde_prefix/share/config" in admin/debianrules, to
make sure applications install their local "config" data in /usr,
where it is treated as the default data, as it should.

Add /etc/kde3 to the dir_config list of dirs in /etc/kderc.  That way,
the system administrator can override the default package settings by
adding the relevant file to /etc/kde3 and overriding the settings
concerned ( read more about the way overriding of settings works in
KDE here [1] ).

I think this implements the structure suggested in the above bug
report, and also matches better with what the KDE KIOSK system
expects, so it will become easier for sysadmins to lockdown their
system using the KIOSK system.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this, please reply on the
debian-qt-kde list, as I think that's where the discussion belongs.


[1]  http://webcvs.kde.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/kdelibs/kdecore/README.kiosk?rev=1.44&content-type=text/x-cvsweb-markup

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