Panel's GConf usage

	We made a litany of errors when we did the porting from gnome-config to
GConf for 2.0:
	1) We use schemas for the default setup in a very dubious way.
	   As a side effect it is extremely awkward to change the
	   default panel setup.
	2) We came up with the idea of panel "profiles" but never
	   exposed it in the interface and didn't add the ability to
	   switch between profiles.
	3) Panel doesn't respond to GConf notifications
	4) Using huge long internal identifiers for for panels and
	   applets which makes it very hard to grok the panel's
	   gconf tree.
	5) Various little mistakes like storing a bitfield as an ints
	6) Not all changes are written to gconf immediately, there's
	   still some weird remenants that I don't fully understand of
	   saving configuration on receipt of SaveYourself and various
	   global timeouts for saving all the panel configuration.
	7) Saving the configuration to GConf on startup even though
	   nothing has changed.

	So, clearly 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are pretty obvious things to
fix. Some of them will take a fair bit of work to fix, but there's no
arguments on what the behaviour should be.


	(1) is pretty tough to figure out what should be done.
Currently the panel does the following:

	+ Installs a set of "schemas" into /schemas/apps/panel/default-profiles
	  which really is just the default configuration tree. e.g. we
	  install schemas like:


	  when clearly we should have a single schema:


	  which is then applied to the keys:


	  The default specified in the schema should just be the
	  default size when you create a new panel and so we need a
	  seperate place to get the information that "the default
	  panel setup should have a 32 pixel wide panel on the top and
	  a 24 pixel wide panel on the bottom".

	  The most sensible solution to this is that the default panel
	  setup should get installed into the defaults database. This
	  could be done in a number of ways:

	* Use a gconftool script which would write the default setup
	  to the defaults database. It would look something like:

export GCONF_CONFIG_SOURCE='xml:readwrite:/usr/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults'
gconftool-2 --direct
   -s /apps/panel/profiles/default/panels/00001/size -t int 32
gconftool-2 --direct
   -s /apps/panel/profiles/default/panels/00002/size -t int 24

	* Come up with a homegrown file format for describing a the
	  default panel setup and write a simple program for parsing
	  it and installing it into the defaults database. It might
	  look something like:

  <toplevel id="top_menu_panel">
    <name>Top Menu Panel</name>
    <background type="plain"/>

    <applet iid="">

    <object type="">

	* Come up with a new GConf file format which
	  --makefile-install-rule would handle just like the .schemas
	  file. This file format would effectively be a gconf script


    <value type="int" key="/apps/panel/profiles/default/panels/0001/size">24</value>
    <value type="int" key="/apps/panel/profiles/default/panels/0002/size">32</value>


	Because of profiles and needing to be able to use the default
setup on newly available screens, the default setup needs to always be
available, so we would actually need to be able to install these
defaults in somewhere like


	so that we can copy it everytime we start a new profile or
find that we've logged into a machine with a screen with no panels
configured for it.


	(2) is something else which needs to be decided upon. The
original idea behind them was for session management. You could have a
different panel setups for different purposes. I've just read over
gnome-panel/doc/panel-session-handling.txt and reminded myself of what
this was all about.

	Alex wanted something similar to gnome-terminal AFAIK, you
could switch between profiles at runtime, create new profiles etc. If
you save your session, the current profile you are using is saved so
you use this profile every time you log in to that session.

	George wanted to have the current profile to be decided by the
current session name - you basically have a profile for each session.

	Thinking about it, I prefer George's approach (even though I'd
completely forgotten about it).

	Alternatively, we could forget the whole idea of session
management with the panel. All your configuration is global and is the
same for all sessions.


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