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Re: Changes I've been thinking of...

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: Changes I've been thinking of...
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 07:29:12 +0100

On 7 Oct 2009, at 23:00, David Chisnall wrote:

On 7 Oct 2009, at 22:38, Matt Rice wrote:

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 2:28 PM, Stef Bidi <address@hidden> wrote:


13.0) there's not way for me
to set a default, "preferred" theme--which is what the GUI toolkits above allow you to do--there is just no way for me to do that. I know it's been brought up a few times in the past, and if I remember correctly it's because of the way NSUserDefaults is setup, so (again, in my opinion) that's where
the problem lies.

I believe you are mistaken, NSUserDefaults handles global settings
fine, you just need to add the default to the NSGlobalDomain,

Unless I have missed something, NSGlobalDomain is a per-user thing.


There is no sensible way of setting a default value for a user default globally.

GlobalDefaults.plist does that.

Apps can do this via the standard APIs, but there is no way for packagers to provide a default value for a default.

GlobalDefaults.plist does that.

For example, we can put Camaelon and Nesedah in a package, but there is no way to make it the default theme for any users who have not selected a theme as part of the package installation.

GlobalDefaults.plist does that.

This question has been asked on the list before and no one replied with a way, so I assume it is still impossible.

Maybe nobody bothered to answer, or they did and you missed it.

It would be nice to have a standard directory for plists which are merged together to provide the default user default values. I looked at doing this a while ago, but it required implementing whiteout in the per-user defaults (so you could delete a default that exists in this directory).

The per-user defaults override the global ones ... what we don't have is a mechanism for having global defaults which can't be overridden .... but I'm not sure we want to do that (it seems to be against the spirit of free software).

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