[Thunar-dev] A couple of bugs, not sure if they are reported.

Mark Rosenstand mark at borkware.net
Sat Apr 29 16:09:20 CEST 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-29 at 15:14 +0200, Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Jani Monoses wrote:
> >>You'll need to build with gconf to enable the usage of the GNOME
> >>thumbnailers (I want to get rid of this some day, maybe with a simple
> >>thumbnailer registry ala desktop database, but until then gconf is
> >>required). Dunno if Xubuntu ships GConf by default.
> > 
> > gconf is left disabled in Xubuntu, as we're trying to minimise the use 
> > of gnome libs and consequently resource usage. gconf is not such a big 
> > offender in this regard as some others but I am not sure if the gnome 
> > thumbnailer support is worth the addition.
> > 
> > The downside is that a nice thunar feature is not available in ubuntu so
> > I need to think about it more.
> > 
> > And gconf is shipped by xubuntu since it's an indirect dependency of 
> > gdm, but not used by any other app besides it. So shipped and installed 
> > on the disk but that's not the resource usage I am that concerned about, 
> > it's more when it adds up to startup time and takes up a couple of megs 
> > of RAM while the daemon is running.
> As pointed out earlier on xfce4-dev, the gconf daemon is really light on
> memory. Shouldn't be too much of an issue, IMHO.

Another aspect of this is that it requires schema registration, which in
turn means complex packaging. Also, it makes life amazingly sucky for
people who use simple tar.gz-based packaging systems because of this
requirement for install scripts. It also seems a little redundant when
Xfce has its own configuration library.

Actually this is one of my main motives for using Xfce over the
competition, so I'd be really sad if gconf became a generally blessed
dependency :(

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