[mythtv-users] On the verge of giving up
Jay R. Ashworth
jra at baylink.com
Tue Sep 25 19:02:47 UTC 2007
On Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 11:38:06AM -0600, Brett Kosinski wrote:
> > /etc is about all the complexity of registry I can cope with, thank you.
> Just go to any software store and see how many products are offered for
> sale that purport to "fix" registry problems.
> Look at all the web sites offering a "free" registry scan. Of course
> they always find *something* wrong, and want $$$ to "repair" it.
> The Registry is a great thing,if you are a software vendor.
> Don't mistake the Windows registry implementation with the concept, itself,
> of a centralized, consistent (in the sense that it's a consistent format
> with a known layout) configuration database. IMHO, the concept isn't
> necessarily a bad one. The Windows implementation of it, however... well,
> that's another story entirely. :)
> Personally, I'd love to do away with the myriad config files and formats
> littered all over my machine. Heck, it could be something as simple as an
> API that layered over a standard filesystem, producing text-based
> configuration files of a known format, using a well-understood directory
> structure. This makes things user-editable, scalable, consistent, and
> transparent. It'll never happen, but it's a nice dream. :)
Indeed, my approach (which I've written up but can't find just now) was
actually to layer a collection of descriptor files (with check
constraints described as well as formatting) and a matching API atop
the files which already exist.
That is: make it *look* like a unified registry, without pissing off
the Unix hackers.
Jay R. Ashworth Baylink jra at baylink.com
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