xml vs ini config files

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Tue Jan 24 08:08:33 CET 2006

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Jani Monoses wrote:
> Hello
> are there any non-historical reasons for using both xml
> and rc files for configuring the various parts of xfce?

No, mostly historical.  The MCS settings system was designed to use XML
files (the stuff under ~/.config/xfce4/mcs_settings/), but individual
app authors are of course free to use whatever type of settings files
they want if they aren't using MCS.

> Most xml files I looked at fit the key-value model (xfwm shortcuts,
> panel properties, mixer settings)
> Would you have objections against changing some of these over to rc 
> files for 4.4?

Yes.  It's busywork with no actual useful gain, and there are far more
important things to do for 4.4.

> Related: at least in my setup xfce4-session ha its own toplevel dir in
> XDG_CONFIG while other components are under xfce4/. Can session be moved
> under xfce4 too please? Maybe checking both places so upgrading does not
> break people's setups, or even moving them over as with autostart.

Agree, though that's up to Benny.


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