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Re: linux registry (no, not that again!)

On 11/03/2004 12:09:07 PM, D. Stolte wrote:
Michael A. Peters wrote:
[mpeters devel ~]$ ls -l /etc/kdb/system/init/1/ |head -5
total 12
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 23 Oct 23 05:27 action
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 35 Oct 23 05:27 process
-rw-r--r--  1 root root 20 Oct 23 05:27 runlevels
[mpeters devel ~]$ cat /etc/kdb/system/init/1/action
thats just cryptic nonsense. i dont want such a config system on
my box.

That's not cryptic nonsense - that was just demonstration of the layout.

[mpeters devel ~]$ kdb ls system/sw/yum/current
[mpeters devel ~]$ kdb get system/sw/yum/current/base/baseurl

Normally to view the value of a key - you use the kdb command and request the key - and it returns the value. No more criptic than grepping a text file, and easier in the case of yum because you can specify exactly which value you want (in this case baseurl associated with the base repo)

In reality, as is the case with gconf, most of the time a gui would do it for you - either in the application itself, or through a tool like gconf-editor. There is a qt tool for elektra now, and I suspect a generic gtk2 tool would be trivial to write (python).

Since a registry provides a standard API for writing/reading configuration data, configuration utilities become almost micky mouse to write - you don't have to learn the rules of all the different configuration types (# for comment, or // for comment, or tab deliminated key value pairs, or an xml scheme, or whatever).

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