XSETTINGS unfit as configuration mechanism?

Jasper Huijsmans j.b.huijsmans at hetnet.nl
Fri May 31 16:31:03 CEST 2002

Hmm, I just thought of something. If we want to be able to change
appearance, we need to be xsettings manager anyway, since we have to change
gtk settings.

What a waste of such a nice long e-mail :-(

Right then, how about using the ROX-Session code (including the nice option
system) for our purposes?


At 04:08 PM 5/31/02 +0200, you wrote:
>Hi all,
>I'm not completely sure on this one so please correct me if I'm wrong.
>I have been reading the specification and sample code for the xsettings
>standard to see if we can use it for global xfce settings. As I understand
>it the app changing the settings must be the the selection manager.
>This means we need to control all xsettings also non-xfce ones (most
>importantly for us the "Gtk/..." and "Net/..." ones like font choice and
>double click time). ROX-Session has an implementation for this. We can use
>that as a starting point and add our own settings to it. It seems only
>logical to combine the xsettings manager with session management so we could
>turn the app into xfsession.
>However, this would also mean that we cannot change the global settings for
>the panel or wm or another xfprogram when the user is running a different
>environment. I'm not sure that this is a good thing.
>I've only recently learned a bit about xproperties and client messages so I
>might be writing complete nonsense here, but I'll try anyway if only to
>start a discussion.
>Maybe it's better to have our own xfsettings manager with its own setting
>window that uses properties for the settings (I thought not using the root
>window was a bit nicer, but we could use that as well). I think this makes
>it easier to change them from a separate program compared to this manager
>selection thing that I really don't understand.
>The goal of all this and the reason why I don't propose to just let all the
>programs do their own configuration is that I think it would be nice to have
>a style manager / control center type of program to configure the entire
>desktop. In that case we need a communication mechanism between the
>configuration program and the applications it configures.
>Ones again let me state that I'm not a professional programmer and there are
>so many things I don't know or don't understand about interprocess
>communication that there may very well be a much better and more obvious
>solution to the configuration problem.
>Finally, I though about suggesting to use GConf, which was designed with
>this purpose in mind, but that would make us depend on CORBA, which I don't
>think is in the spirit of the project.
>What do you think?
>         Jasper
>This must be the longest e-mail I have ever written ;-)
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