Elektra backend for KDE
Aaron J. Seigo
aseigo at kde.org
Tue Feb 21 20:11:12 GMT 2006
On Tuesday 21 February 2006 10:59, Zack Rusin wrote:
> I think we had a discussion before about relaying on environment
> variables too much in the past ;)
yes, for situations where third parties need to extend them at application
installation time (e.g. XDG_*_DIRS). this is a different situation.
> Do we consider the following scenario a problem: Kiosk settings are
> being propagated from the backend specified in the environment
> variable, user sets the variable to something that doesn't exists
> (non-existing ldap backend, non-existing directory, whatever) and gets
> control over the full installation. Is that an issue?
once they are set for the X session, they can't adjust them. they could get to
a terminal and change them for applications run from that command line, but
one can also block access to the command line. it's pretty safe in that
a global config file for this would be even more safe, and i did consider it,
but that would result in more hits to disk (== slower), something i'm hoping
to avoid as much as possible here.
> But as far as configuration goes I still think KConfig needs work. We
> need something that allows monitoring changes (in the same way that
> right now we use DCOP to broadcast magic signals when something
> changes) and has global knowledge of desktop configuration.
yes. another item that helios and i have been discussing is the idea of
location/network dependant settings.
e.g. my laptop at home needs different settings from my laptop at the
office. when i'm on the road i may need yet further changes. it would be
nice to have the concept of "locations" such that one can provide
location-specific settings. this ought to be fairly straightforward to
provide by adding at new directory such as $KDEHOME/share/location-config or
somesuch, and then having a directory for each location under that directory
(so, home/, office/, road/, $WHATEVER/) and when the user selects "I'm at
home" then prepend $KDEHOME/share/location-config/home/ to the search path
helios has also been talking of automatic revision control for the file-based
 yeah, so my home and my office are the same right now. just go with it for
the sake of the example ;P
Aaron J. Seigo
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