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Re: Defaults

From: Alex Perez
Subject: Re: Defaults
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 08:56:13 -0700
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Stefan Urbanek wrote:

As I am moving from one computer to another I am experiencing some
inconveniences. Is there any reason why is GNUstep defaults database
hidden file? This prevents normal user with default file-manager
settings to move his defaults, as they are not visible.

Another thing is: it would be better to store defaults in one file per
domain - this will allow to copy defaults from one machine to other,
which is not quite possible now (it is not very easy and not doable by
standard user).

Others have previously suggested one file per application, which is what is done under OS X, AFAICT.

Also i would suggest to use Preferences, Settings or Configuration
directory name instead of 'Defaults', but that is not so important.

Well, under OS X, Apple's decided to put the "global" per-user plist in ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist, the GNUstep equivalent is almost always ~/Library/Preferences . I think the "Defaults" name is a poor naming choice because it is almost universally accepted what "Preferences" means within the context of computer programs, but almost no-one outside of a few next, apple, and GNUstep-heads know what our definition of "defaults" is.

I propose that ~/GNUstep/Defaults be moved to ~/GNUstep/Library/Preferences. Stefan, based on what you've said, I think you'd think this was a good idea, but I don't know how other GNUstep core developers feel (besides the below-mentioned Alexander M.)

What do you say?
I think this is a good idea, and I've suggested it in #GNUstep before and Alexander Malmberg immediately opposed the idea. I think his reasoning was a technical one that said, essentially, "Preferences is the wrong term" which, like so many of Alexm's arguments, while it may be technically correct, completely ignores the fact that more people know what "Preferences" means than the crappily-named "Defaults".

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