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== Current status ==
 
== Current status ==
 
* Targeted release: [[Releases/17 | Fedora 17 ]]  
 
* Targeted release: [[Releases/17 | Fedora 17 ]]  
* Last updated: 2011-07-18
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* Last updated: 2012-08-23
* Percentage of completion: 0%
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* Percentage of completion: 90%
  
Many GNOME 3 modules are already ported to GSettings, but GConf is still getting pulled in.
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Most GNOME 3 modules are already ported to GSettings, but GConf is still getting pulled in.
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The gnome-shell/mutter/metacity port has been merged upstream.
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The control-center/gnome-settings-daemon port too.
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The evolution/evolution-data-server port has been merged upstream too.
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The remaining GNOME modules mainly block on list functionality being added to GSettings: gnome-terminal, libgnome-media-profiles, aisleriot.
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For details status, see https://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/GSettingsMigration
  
 
== Detailed Description ==
 
== Detailed Description ==
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See http://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/GSettingsMigration for upstream tracking of affected modules.
 
See http://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/GSettingsMigration for upstream tracking of affected modules.
  
Big modules that still need tackling are:
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The full list on the F16alpha live cd:
* evolution
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* gnome-python2-gconf
* mutter/metacity
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* gstreamer-plugins-good
* gdm
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* libgnome-media-profiles
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* GConf2-gtk
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* at-spi
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* ibus
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* gnome-session
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* evolution-NetworkManager
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* gnome-panel
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* gnome-panel-libs
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* rhythmbox
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* NetworkManager-gnome
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* NetworkManager-openconnect
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* pulseaudio-module-gconf
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* gok
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* gnome-utils
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* sound-juicer
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* gnome-terminal
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* nautilus-sendto
  
 
== How To Test ==
 
== How To Test ==

Latest revision as of 17:59, 23 August 2012

Contents

[edit] Migrate from GConf to GSettings

[edit] Summary

Port all packages on the desktop spin from GConf to GSettings

[edit] Owner

  • Name: Desktop SIG
  • Email: desktop@lists.fedoraproject.org

[edit] Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 17
  • Last updated: 2012-08-23
  • Percentage of completion: 90%

Most GNOME 3 modules are already ported to GSettings, but GConf is still getting pulled in.

The gnome-shell/mutter/metacity port has been merged upstream. The control-center/gnome-settings-daemon port too. The evolution/evolution-data-server port has been merged upstream too. The remaining GNOME modules mainly block on list functionality being added to GSettings: gnome-terminal, libgnome-media-profiles, aisleriot.

For details status, see https://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/GSettingsMigration

[edit] Detailed Description

The GSettings class provides a convenient API for storing and retrieving application settings, similar to GConf.

dconf is a low-level configuration system. Its main purpose is to provide a backend to GSettings on platforms that don't already have configuration storage systems. dconf is the GSettings backend on Linux.

[edit] Benefit to Fedora

Configuring desktop applications and settings will be simpler, because there is only one place where the settings get store instead of two. We get to drop a number of deprecated modules (such as ORBit) which were getting pulled into the desktop spin via the GConf dependency.

[edit] Scope

We have to provide patches for all packages on the desktop spin that still depend on GConf. These patches should go upstream. See http://live.gnome.org/GnomeGoals/GSettingsMigration for upstream tracking of affected modules.

The full list on the F16alpha live cd:

  • gnome-python2-gconf
  • gstreamer-plugins-good
  • libgnome-media-profiles
  • GConf2-gtk
  • at-spi
  • ibus
  • gnome-session
  • evolution-NetworkManager
  • gnome-panel
  • gnome-panel-libs
  • rhythmbox
  • NetworkManager-gnome
  • NetworkManager-openconnect
  • pulseaudio-module-gconf
  • gok
  • gnome-utils
  • sound-juicer
  • gnome-terminal
  • nautilus-sendto

[edit] How To Test

  1. . Install the desktop spin
  2. . Verify that GConf is not in the package list.

[edit] User Experience

Mostly unchanged. One area where benefits might be visible is when using multiple parallel logins with a shared NFS home directory. This should work better in a dconf-only desktop.

[edit] Dependencies

TBD

[edit] Contingency Plan

If we don't succeed, GConf will continue to get pulled into the desktop spin by dependencies. Packages can be ported from GConf to GSettings one-by-one, though. There is no need to revert successfully ported packages.

[edit] Documentation

TBD

[edit] Release Notes

TBD

[edit] Comments and Discussion