I signed myself up for the GSettings Hackfest coming up in April . It's being held in Boston so I have no excuse not to go.
My goal is to help validate the dconf/GSettings design by making Evolution an early adopter. The impetus for my EShellSettings design in 2.29 was to help make the transition from GConf to GSettings transparent to the rest of the app, so I'm eager to prove this. A secondary goal is to find a saner solution for account settings storage. I think there's universal agreement that our XML blobs are an abuse of GConf and need to die, but I'm torn on which direction to take. One the one hand, GSettings appears to solve many of GConf's shortcomings that led to the XML blob approach in the first place. In particular, GSettingsList was specifically designed to hold things like structured account settings. On the other hand, users clearly expect to be able to move accounts by simply copying files under ~/.evolution. Having to deal with a settings daemon introduces unexpected and unnecessary complexity for users, and no amount of FAQ literature, automated backup/restore solutions, or repeated guidance on IRC and the mailing list seems to stick. So I think we should cater to this expectation. In recent months I've been seriously considering moving EAccount and ESource settings out of GConf entirely and storing them as key files -- one key file per account or source, similar to .desktop files. It would solve the XML blob issue, and it would make Evolution accounts much more portable. Change notification and coordination between multiple clients would be an issue to solve, however. In talking this over with Ryan Lortie, he mentioned GSettings will support a key file backend. I need to research this more in-depth, but it sounds like that could potentially be a good solution for account settings: centralized access + change notification + a highly readable and portable storage format. Once I find time I'll be starting yet another branch to try and flesh out some of these ideas, and pave the way for GSettings. Matthew Barnes  http://live.gnome.org/Hackfests/GSettings2010 _______________________________________________ Evolution-hackers mailing list Evolutionemail@example.com http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/evolution-hackers