On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 11:23 -0500, Alan Cox wrote:
On Tue, Nov 30, 2004 at 12:18:21PM -0300, Avi Alkalay wrote:
> don't permit HW vendors, or X plugin writers, to independently extend
> it. Whit a key/value pair paradigm, these folks can write a 10-line
> Shell script to correctly integrate itself in X, without having to
> deal with a lexical parser, complex structs, and C.
In all the systems I've seen so far trying to just burn disk and performance
with simple key/value pairs this isn't true because
1. You need to do locking
2. You need to do atomic changes of multiple keys
3. You might run out of disk space
4. You need rollback
The current xorg.conf certainly doesn't solve these either but anything trying
to be a grad unified config scheme just won't work with one file per key.
Gconf proved that pretty conclusively.
The issue isn't really one file per key (though I think that's wrong -
even gconf is one file per directory, not per key). It's that you need
to address transactions, locking, error handling, and notifications.