I’ve been busy lately reworking how libgda manages its data sources and how libgnomedb interracts with them (libgda and libgnomedb are part of the Gnome-Db project).
Libgda stores data sources (a data source tells how to access some data in a database: types of DBMS, database name, connection parameters, etc) in two XML files: a system wide file ($prefix/etc/libgda/config) and a per-user file (~/.libgda/config).
For a long time Libgnomedb did create a copy of all the data sources in GConf to get modifications notifications, but there were corner cases where problems would appear.
- less potential bugs
- data sources management easier to understand
- less code to maintain in Libgnomedb
- don’t use GConf when not necessary