kwallet and QCA

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Wed Jun 4 17:44:09 BST 2008

On Wednesday 04 June 2008, nf2 wrote:
> Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> > On Tuesday 03 June 2008, Maksim Orlovich wrote:
> >> Sharing the file format would be sufficient.
> >
> > along with he implied shared location and locking mechanism, you're quite
> > right: that would be sufficient indeed.
> The word "sufficient" somehow suggests that this would be the easier and
> more realistic approach.

the dictionary defines it as "enough to meet the needs of a situation or a 
proposed end". don't read into words what i'm not saying =)

> I'm afraid it's not. It makes the whole system more complex,

it doesn't make the individual desktop stacks more complex, however.

> takes ages to formulate and implement (twice) and after

of course, we already have implemented these things twice. *shrug*

> all has no advantages compared to just adopting and improving *one*
> existing implementation.

there are scenarios where adopting an implementation and improving it is the 
better option, and scenarios where it isn't.

it is impossible to have this discussion in vague terms and have any 
meaningful outcome. so let's just not =)

instead, let's discuss specifics scenarios. in this case the idea of adopting 
libgnome-keyring. having looked at it, the api is really horrid (though 
presumably that would be "fixed" by an API layer on top of it) and it seems to 
offer only a subset of kwallet's features.

the API bit is concerning due to the feature subset issue: improving it would 
mean both getting buy in from the libgnome-keyring developers (have you talked 
to them at all about this?) and dealing with that API (not fun)

simply saying "we can wrap libs!" is not a substitute for actually having a 
good relationship with the development team of the libraries in question and 
feeling confident in our ability to work on those libs over the long term.

Aaron J. Seigo
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