Ideas for 4.2: global configuration

edscott wilson garcia edscott at
Mon Dec 1 19:31:53 CET 2003

On Sat, 2003-11-29 at 05:39, Jasper Huijsmans wrote:
> Hey all, 
> I thought it might be a good idea to try and come up with some ideas for
> 4.2 that can be implemented within a reasonable time range. IMO it is
> important that we do new releases fairly often to get feedback for our
> new ideas.
> Apart from all the features and fixes in the separate modules, I'd like
> to keep an eye on issues regarding the desktop environment as a whole.
> So, the first idea I want to propose is about global configuration.
> I think all configuration should have a system config file. This will
> allow system administrators to create a custom default for all their
> users. This should include settings manager plugins.
> This should be really easy to do (even for someone without intimate
> knowledge of the code. hint, hint ;-). Some plugins and programs already
> do this, but not all I think.
> Related to this is to allow locking down of the configuration. I tried
> using the XFCE_DISABLE_USER_CONFIG variable for this, but currently the
> panel crashes when you set it (related to icon themes). Perhaps this
> could better be done using a system config file or simply the existence
> of a file ${sysconfdir}/xfce4/disable_user_config. 
> It would be nice to support this I think. Allowing specific things to be
> locked down would require quite a bit of work but an initial
> all-or-nothing approach should not be too hard (don't popup the settings
> dialog, disable related menu items and only read system config files).
> What do you think?

How about doing a gradual shifting to mcs-manager to handle
configuration. Themes could be mcs-manager, except that xfwm4 themes are
quite something different from themes from xfce4-panel/xffm.

> 	Jasper
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