[mythtv-users] On the verge of giving up

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Sep 26 15:47:51 UTC 2007

Mike Perkins wrote:

> ISTR that Red Hat may have tried something like this in a very old version, 
> whereby you could get at config files in the GUI through a common interface. Or 
> perhaps it was Mandrake, or Debian, or SuSe. Tried quite a few when I was 
> evaluating linux back in the day. Anyway, it's been tried before, and it caused 
> more problems than it solved, because you have to have some kind of schema file 
> which would have to declare every variable in every config file and every 
> possible value (or provide a mechanism to reveal them) which instantly poses a 
> synchronisation problem, since some software gets updated at different times to 
> others. Someone has to maintain the whole mess, in other words. You notice that 
> there's nothing like that in most current distributions? That's why, too complex.

I think that was "LinuxConf", ca: 1999 or so?

Also, please do not refer to stuff of that vintage as "very old",
because that would make me...


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