FWIW, I don't know if it helps at all, but there's a concrete example of
allowing a 3rd-party product to add a section to zope.conf via %import
in the ClockServer product at
http://www.plope.com/software/ClockServer/ .  It sounds from your
description exactly like what you want to do, although it adds a section
rather than just a key, which might be fine for your case.

On Thu, 2005-06-30 at 23:12 -0300, Sidnei da Silva wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been hitting my head against the wall for a few hours already, so
> I thought it would be a good time to ask before the house falls apart
> *wink*.
> I'm looking back and forth between the Zope and ZConfig sources and
> documentation to see if I can figure out how to have a Product (or a
> python package) to extend Zope's ZConfig schema
> (a.k.a. Zope/Startup/zopeschema.xml) without having to reach into the
> guts of ZConfig.
> It looks like the right way to do this would be to extend Zope's
> schema and then specify a different 'schemafile' to ZopeOptions, but
> that's not currently possible as Zope doesn't support the '-S
> schemafile' switch that ZDCtlOptions does.
> If what I'm looking for seems just stupid please tell me *wink*.
> All I want to do is to add a simple config 'key' to zope.conf without
> having to patch the Zope source.
> Having no other choices, I would go with having my own schema and
> configfile, but that would be sub-optimal.
> Thank you for any help,

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