Yet another failed KDE release?

Ingo Malchow imalchow at
Fri Mar 22 12:28:04 GMT 2013

Am Freitag, 22. März 2013, 13:15:07 schrieb Mirosław Zalewski:
> On 22/03/2013 at 12:34, Myriam Schweingruber <myriam at> wrote:
> > It is almost impossible, since the user can dramatically modify the
> > original configuration and automating the process of wading through
> > often illogical configuration files with triple definitions and
> > contradictory instructions set by the user is a a lot of work
> I think there are two important things to note:
> (1) config files are created by KDE SC, not by users with text editors

This is an assumption and hopefully no dev ever thinks the same way. Config 
files are text files and CAN be edited by anyone. And guess what, they are quite 
often edited by hand. You need to think in the big picture. What will your 
users do with what you provide?
But nevertheless...

> (2) these config files are already read and understood by current KDE SC
> releases.
> If they contain illogical on contradictory instructions, it's KDE SC
> configuration GUI who put it there. So, maybe configuration GUI should be
> fixed to ensure that config files are unambiguous?
> Sorry, but I do not believe that it's impossible to read and understand
> config file that were read and understood correctly by previous version of
> software. It is obviously matter of developers priorities.

The priority is and should be fixing bugs, like told 3 times up in this thread.
Things might fail but you need to be made aware of it. The use cases are 
simply too many to consider each and every one. As an example, the ordering of 
config file entries, typos in there, outdated entries, wrong ones,... the list 
goes on.
So, it boils down to users who test and report such issues. That's what beta 
releases and the testing team is for.

Ingo Malchow
KDE Community Working Group, KDE User Working Group
KDE Community Forums Administrator
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