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OSNews: The Case for Gconf

Jun 15, 2004, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dr. Janne Morén)

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"There has been a lot of commentary recently about Gnome, and a common source of confusion seems to be Gconf--what is it, how does it work, and so on. Some people even seem to confuse Gconf with the registry database in Windows. I will attempt to clear some of this confusion and give an overview of Gconf, and why it looks the way it does.

"Most applications in Unix or Unix-like systems use 'dot files' as the way to set and save configuration information. These files are saved in the user's home directory (and can be a whole subdirectory of files if the app is complex). In addition, many apps support the idea of system-wide defaults, with a separate configuration file that sets defaults when the user has not set any preferences themselves..."

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