Another status update: After much consideration I decided to drop GSettings from the equation and just access key files directly. The key file part of the design is working out well but I've been fighting with GSettings every step of the way. It's not that that GSettings is bad, but it's very much designed for dconf and not key files. Especially the way I'm using key files.
The straw that broke the camel's back was in trying to figure out how to localize the display names of built-in top-level key files like "On This Computer" and "On LDAP Servers". The GSettings API has no equivalent to g_key_file_get_locale_string() so I was falling back to a similar hacky solution as e_source_list_ensure_group(). But with GSettings out of the way we can have the built-in key files translated through intltool just as we would for desktop files, and call g_key_file_get_locale_string() to get the appropriate localized display name. End result (this the 'system' key file): [Data Source] Parent=local DisplayName=Personal DisplayName[ar]=ﺶﺨﺼﻳ DisplayName[as]=ব্যক্তিগত DisplayName[ast]=Personal DisplayName[be]=Пэрсанальнае DisplayName[bg]=Лични DisplayName[bn]=ব্যক্তিগত DisplayName[bn_IN]=ব্যক্তিগত DisplayName[ca]=Personal displayname...@valencia]=personal DisplayName[cs]=Osobní DisplayName[cy]=Personol DisplayName[da]=Personligt DisplayName[de]=Persönlich DisplayName[dz]=རང་དོན། ...etc... I don't have translations yet for the other key files (the translations I need are all in Evolution, not E-D-S) but you get the idea. Note the key file syntax looks normal again and doesn't use GVariant quoting. Changes to the API I posted earlier  are minimal since the GSettings interaction was pretty well hidden. Obviously e_source_get_settings() is gone, as are the schema files. The schema for a key file group is instead derived from the GParamSpec structures of the corresponding ESourceExtension subclass. More about that later.  http://mail.gnome.org/archives/evolution-hackers/2010-December/msg00030.html _______________________________________________ evolution-hackers mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org To change your list options or unsubscribe, visit ... http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/evolution-hackers