Bug 57743 - Port from GConf to Gsettings
Summary: Port from GConf to Gsettings
Alias: None
Product: PulseAudio
Classification: Unclassified
Component: modules (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: pulseaudio-bugs
QA Contact: pulseaudio-bugs
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-11-30 19:18 UTC by Eric Heintzmann
Modified: 2018-05-05 11:54 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Eric Heintzmann 2012-11-30 19:18:21 UTC
Comment 1 Eric Heintzmann 2013-01-09 06:38:45 UTC
With GNOME 3.0 (april 2011), the GNOME Project decided to discontinue GConf.
It won't be maintained anymore: bugs and security holes will not be fixed.
Thus, pulseaudio shouldn't depend on GConf any longer.
Please, migrate to GSettings.
GStettings is the official GNOME replacement for GConf, and the GNOME project is porting all of its applications to it:

You will find the official GConf to GSettings porting guide at:
Comment 2 Tanu Kaskinen 2013-01-18 21:16:57 UTC
GConf is only used by paprefs to configure some things. I don't think GConf ever was the right method of communicating between paprefs and the server, since it doesn't have the network transparency that normal pulseaudio clients have, and I believe GConf isn't available on all the platforms that pulseaudio supports. For these reasons, so I don't really like the idea of moving to GSettings. Instead, we should extend pulseaudio's client-server protocol so that it supports whatever functionality paprefs needs.

Unless this is super-urgent for some reason (are there perhaps distributions that are actively working on getting gconf out of their repositories?), I don't think I will take this task in the near future, so "patches welcome"... Maybe this would be a good project for GSoC?
Comment 3 Felipe Sateler 2014-08-12 20:16:55 UTC
Recently a bug[1] was reported in debian relating to this problem. It appears that plenty of software has migrated, which understandably means distributors will probably want to get rid of gconf sooner rather than later.

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/757909
Comment 4 Tanu Kaskinen 2014-08-13 08:03:38 UTC
Adding to my previous comment: making it possible to implement paprefs via the normal client API would be ideal, but probably much more work than converting to GSettings. I'm not strictly against patches that convert the GConf stuff to GSettings.

I don't think I will personally have time to work on this any time soon.
Comment 5 Martin Steigerwald 2018-03-28 07:03:12 UTC
The dependency on gconf is becoming an issue for Debian Sid:

plasma-pa: Depends on gconf

According to this bug report, gconf has been replaced by gsettings and its last release has been 5 years ago.

Relevant upstream bug report for that:

386665 - Drop dependency on pulseaudio-gconf?

An option might be:

pulseaudio-module-gconf: migration to a dconf PA backend

Of course Debian would also need a solution for paprefs, which is the only other dependency on pulseaudio-module-gconf in Debian:

% apt-cache rdepends pulseaudio-module-gconf
Reverse Depends:
Comment 6 Martin Steigerwald 2018-03-28 07:25:24 UTC
(In reply to Tanu Kaskinen from comment #4 from 2014-08-13)
> Adding to my previous comment: making it possible to implement paprefs via
> the normal client API would be ideal, but probably much more work than
> converting to GSettings. I'm not strictly against patches that convert the
> GConf stuff to GSettings.

Tanu, what is the status on this: Did anyone work on extending the client API  or implementing gsettings module in the last years? What is your advice today for plasma-pa and paprefs developers?
Comment 7 Tanu Kaskinen 2018-03-28 15:30:02 UTC
There has been some progress on moving to gsettings, but that effort has stalled. Felipe Sateler wrote a good summary here:

As the pressure to do something increases, I think it's likely that we'll soon move to gsettings, even if that may cause some migration problems for paprefs users.

Regarding plasma-pa, I suggested loading module-switch-on-connect via libpulse when plasma-pa starts, instead of using gconf, and the plasma-pa maintainer seemed receptive to that idea:

I don't know if any patches have been written for plasma-pa since.
Comment 8 Tanu Kaskinen 2018-05-05 11:54:18 UTC
This is now fixed in pulseaudio and paprefs.

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