On Mon, 27 Mar 2006 12:33:50 -0800 (PST)
Shane Stixrud <shane@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I find it hard to believe no one else sees the current
> complexity of system/application configuration as undesirable? Is
> this problem too big to be addressed? Is there too much historical
> precedence involved? Or is there a solid technical reason for not having
> a standardized configuration file format?
> Linux is perceived to be "difficult" to configure and managed by many,
> this is not because we lack guis and wizards, rather because one must
> discover the process each subsystem and application uses to
> accept configure directives from its users.
> I see no reason why it would not be possible and desirable to have a
> plain text compatible configuration file standard that is universal
> between subsystems, services and applications (besides it being a lot of
> work). It seems to me that the complexities of existing configuration
> tools (authconfig, system-config-samba etc...) are largely due to this
> same fundamental issue.
GUI users don't want to be hunting through text files anyway, they
want nice settings windows and wizards. Anyone hand editing config
files better know what's going on anyway; the current situation isn't too
gconf already provides a reasonable way to change settings from the
command line and via GUI tools. What would you change?
No matter what you come up with though, it will be many years before
you see wide spread adoption. If anything, you might consider a
project to create a system-wide config editor that knows all
the different formats etc and provides a consistent CLI/GUI
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