No splash screen in trunk?

David Hampton hampton-gnucash at
Mon Jul 31 11:55:42 EDT 2006

On Mon, 2006-07-31 at 10:26 -0400, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Ahh, looks like I was pointing to an old set of gconf schemas..  Thanks
> to cstim for pointing this out to me.  

We need to be more intelligent about adding new gconf keys.  Had that
new key been added as "hide_splash_screen" instead of
"show_splash_screen", then the default value for unknown boolean keys
(i.e. false) would have produced the same behavior after the patch as
gnucash had before the patch.

I'm not criticizing andi5.  I should have caught this in my review, only
I wasn't think in terms of the behavior across the transition from pre-
to post- patch, only whether the patch was technically correct.  This
transition is something that should be considered any time a new gconf
key is added.

> I think the fact that gnucash can't (at runtime) point to gconf 
> schemas is going to bite us in the long run...

No application can do this.  Gconf is a client/server architecture where
the keys are read/written by the gconfd process and passed via an ipc
mechanism to gnucash.  AFAICT, to do what you propose would require
bypassing gconfd or just ditching gconf completely and reimplementing a
private configuration storage mechanism.

Also, remember that you're a developer who has multiple, sometimes
incompatible versions of gnucash installed.  Users with a single
installed version of gnucash should never see this problem.


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