[MonoDevelop] Application configuration files

Victor Rafael Rivarola Soerensen (FANATICO y LOCO por Cristo) vrrivaro at gmail.com
Sat Dec 24 15:42:22 EST 2005

2005/12/24, knocte <knocte at gmail.com>:
> Victor Rafael Rivarola Soerensen (FANATICO y LOCO por Cristo) wrote:
> > Actually, these are just recomendations. There is nothing in Un*x that
> > forces you to follow them (just like there is nothing in Windows that
> > strong arms you into using the registry and not some XML in your apps
> > installation directory).
> >
> And why not make it a standard? I know that there is something called
> LSB but I ignore its contents. I bet this would be an interesting fact
> to determine in it.

Yes it would. Propose it to the LSB people. They  sure have a mailing
list you can join.

> > Actually, I beleive it better for a situation more like this one, but
> > with a common subdirectory for every kind of app. Otherwise you would
> > once more end up in having a ~/.config/ directory that could end up
> > quite large.
> >
> Yes, but .config is more separated. I often setup Win32 machines to use
> a shared folder placed on the Linux box. Each shared folder is the ~
> folder for each linux user, so when they access it, they can see the
> typical folders (Desktop, Documents, bin, ...) and, if they have enabled
> the hidden files view, they also see many "dot-app" folders like this.
> If they were just inside .config directory, it would be less ugly, more
> attractive and organized for them.

I can see your point. Propose it to the LSB people. The worst that
would happen is that they will ignore it. Next worst thing, they could
consider but reject it. Or, they could approve it, with perphaps
another directory. Any way, they will never hear of it if you don't
propose it through the proper chanels.

Just yesterday I run uppon a Delphi/Kylix community project. It was a
very large project with a great following. It started out just because
somebody complained about having to wait on Borland to do anything.
They organized themselves and set everything up in less than a week.
They might just be awaiting for your idea. If I where them, though, I
wouldn't choose ~/.config/, but rather a new top level directory that
didn't belong to anybody. That way it would save them of the fixed
noise "but why use that one, why not choose mine instead?".

Jesus bless you,

Víctor Rafael Rrivarola

> Regards,
>     Andres   [ knocte ]
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