[Thunar-dev] GConf? [WAS Re: Problems building new Thunar snapshot]

Auke Kok sofar at foo-projects.org
Sat Nov 12 01:17:08 CET 2005

Olivier Fourdan wrote:

>On Fri, 2005-11-11 at 14:05 -0800, Auke Kok wrote:
>>as long as Benny uses autoconf to detect the presence of GConf and then 
>>use that information to turn it on or off I see no reason to provide a 
>>default - this is why we use autoconf right?
>>the only people who have a tough choice are the ones making binary 
>>packages ;^)
>Indeed, and that's the vast majority of distributions...
>Autoconf detects what the one who builds the binary has at the time of
>the build, which is not necessarilly what is suitable for all users.

I'm sure that for the packages who are working on platforms where GConf 
is present will actually *want* to use the GConf support - I myself even 
have GConf installed and running even though my desktop is purely xfce - 
I just have a few gnome apps that xfce cannot replace yet - and I find 
them too valuable to remove them (file-roller is a good example).

I really don't see the problem here - as long as autodetection works 
(okay I admit that there should be a --disable-gconf option) there is 
nothing wrong with with autoconf enabling gconf support if it detects 
gconf present.

"which is not necessarilly what is suitable for all users."

yes DUH, a packager needs to think for himself too, and read the docs 
and the release notes. This is hardly an issue of defaults - more one of 


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