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kconfigedit

   1.0  

KDE System Tool

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kconfigedit
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Link:  http://
Downloads:  2237
Submitted:  Dec 3 2004
Updated:  Jan 8 2005

Description:

This app is called kconfigedit. It is used when you are logged in as a user and need to change configuration files such as xorg.conf or /etc/fstab on your machine.

Instead of having to 'su' to the root account and use vi you can edit these files in kconfigedit, using KDEs 'kate' editor, when you try to save a file you dont own, you get prompted for the root password. This app is recommended for anyone used to using windows and regedit.

kconfigedit uses 'kdesu' to save root-owned files. It also creates backups in ~/kconfigedit of every file you change. Future versions will include automated backup restore and bookmarks for commonly used config files.

This program is still under development, so it should be used cautiously. For the time being I suggest you make your own backups before changing any files. I am posting this in the hope that people will try the app and post any comments or problems encountered.




Changelog:

Version 1.0pre
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- First one I uploaded

Version 1.0
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- Suppress display of non-text files in the file browser

- Display * in title bar when the current file is unsaved

Help please: If anyone knows how to get the kate editor part's undo and redo commands enabled please email me! I have tried using setxmlfile("katepartui.rc",true) to enable the kate menus but nothing happens.




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(kconfigedit web page)
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 Thx and wishlist ;-)

 
 by kdeappsce on: Dec 4 2004
 
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Hi,


cool tool. I had a similar idea some time before.

So, let me offer some thoughts.

I'd recommend to create a directory on $KDEDIR/share/apps/kconfigedit/sets/DISTRIBUTIONNAME/

In these directories, users or distributors could create subdirectories, maybe networking-hardware, networking-software, hardware-sound and so on etc.

In these directories, place .desktop files with names and comments for the directories.

Furthermore, place different *.desktop files in them which point to configuration files to be edited. Each desktop file contains names and comments in different languages, plus some value pairs of services affected by this config file.

Now make your filesystem browser on the left panel show the localized names of the folders and the localized names of the config files instead of the total filesystem, so finally users do not have to know where a file is located.

As soon as the user klicks on a desktop file in the left view, the corresponding file gets loaded. Above the text area, the location of the file gets displayed as well as the localized comment from the desktop file. So, the user has the complete control which file gets edited as well as a short comment description what this file is for.

Furthermore, add a button »Apply« somewhere which (re)starts the services which are given in the desktop file.

A further wish: as soon as a normal user starts your program, the root password could be immediately requested. This way, you only need to give the root password once instead of every time when you want to save a config file.

Well, if it would behave as described, non-programmers can easily add support for a certain distro by simply creating the directories and putting some desktop files in them. Your program then would be a great framework which users can easily adjust to fit their needs.


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 I forgot

 
 by kdeappsce on: Dec 4 2004
 
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I'm not here every day, so feel free to contact me using mail.


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 Or you could...

 
 by h1k3r on: Dec 4 2004
 
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... add a KMenu item and give it the command:

kdesu kfmclient openProfile filemanagement

Clicking on this new menu item will open up a root konq window (after you supply the correct root password) and you can right-click on the file you want to edit and choose your favourite editor and edit the file that way. This will eradicate the need for yet another app.


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 Re: Or you could...

 
 by Superstoned on: Dec 4 2004
 
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well, I think this is quite a nice app. but I'd rather see the author making a patch for kwrite/kate so when you try to save a file you don't have rights to, it asks for a password...


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 Thanks for comments

 
 by timstoner on: Dec 4 2004
 
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Thanks for your comments everyone, and thanks to kdeappsce - I will be doing bookmarks for it soon and will look at doing your suggestions.

If you want to use kate or kwrite to save config files I suggest follow the advice of the other poster and just go "kdesu kwrite" or similar.

Personally I like having a dedicated app for the task of config file editing. This makes it clear when youre making changes to the machine vs when youre being a user.

I first thought of doing kconfigedit as a panel for the KDE control centre, how about that idea?

Tim


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 Re: Thanks for comments

 
 by Superstoned on: Jan 10 2005
 
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yeah, and include a easy way to access most common config files.. although, maybe, there are already such apps?


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