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Old 09-25-2008, 05:50 AM   #1
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Why Linux don't have Registry Editor or regedit?


Hi guys, good day.

I'm confuse with this, just wanna ask this:
1. Why Linux don't have Registry Editor or regedit?
2. I searched in google and found some softwares about Linux Registry?
3. If Linux don't have registry editor, how does Linux managed all the programs?
Thanks and God bless.

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Old 09-25-2008, 06:08 AM   #2
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Hi.

There's no registry, because all the settings are in text files in /etc and in your home directory. You can edit them with any old text editor.

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Old 09-25-2008, 06:10 AM   #3
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Thanks sir for a quick reply. I searched awhile ago and I found some topics that I can install registry editor. What can you say about this? I'm confuse with this. They said there's none registry but there are software for Linux registry.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 06:36 AM   #4
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Hi,

In Linux there is no registry to edit. You would edit the configuration files within the '/etc/' directory. You can use any text editor, vi or nano to name a few. Just remember to make system changes you must be root.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 06:42 AM   #5
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The only thing like a registry you're likely to come across is the 'gconf' system - it holds configuration details for some desktop apps. Even gconf boils down to text files, though (although they're XML).

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Old 09-25-2008, 06:50 AM   #6
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Um, Linux is not window, if you want to learn linux stop trying to compare it to windows.
If you want to get an idea about linux read this, RUTE
 
Old 09-25-2008, 07:32 AM   #7
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Thanks for the inputs guys. One last questions:

1. Is Gconf-Editor equivalent to Registry Editor? Why?
2. What's the difference between them?

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Old 09-25-2008, 07:36 AM   #8
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Linux relies on .conf files, which are akin to windows .ini files, somewhat. Different syntax, though.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 08:11 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by SHENGTON View Post
Thanks for the inputs guys. One last questions:

1. Is Gconf-Editor equivalent to Registry Editor? Why?
2. What's the difference between them?
The answer was given here by ilikejam:
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.....the 'gconf' system - it holds configuration details for some desktop apps
I would say this is still a far cry from the Windows Registry. The latter is an ugly, convoluted, mess whereas the Linux methods are generally a lot easier to follow.

As someone already said, it would be a better use of your time to simply learn the Linux methods.

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Thanks sir for a quick reply. I searched awhile ago and I found some topics that I can install registry editor. What can you say about this? I'm confuse with this. They said there's none registry but there are software for Linux registry.
Could you give us a link or something to describe what you are talking about?
 
Old 09-25-2008, 08:32 AM   #10
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The answer was given here by ilikejam:
Could you give us a link or something to describe what you are talking about?
Here sir --> Click Me

In that topic he installed a Registry Editor using Wine. But there are also regedit for Linux.

So what can you say about this Sir? I'm confuse with this. They said there's no registry in Linux. Then why is it there are links where I can download Linux Registry Editor? Does it mean that Linux also have this Registry?

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Old 09-25-2008, 08:48 AM   #11
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The Linux Registry is just a software project that allows application developers to use its API to store configuration values in a central database (a bit like gconf or the Windows registry). I don't know of any software which actually uses it, and it's not something I've ever seen installed on a Linux machine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektra_Initiative

Dave

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Old 09-25-2008, 08:55 AM   #12
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At least in the first link, he is talking about editing the Windows Registry from Linux. In the second link, I think that some of the hits are talking about the same thing.

One more time: Linux does not have a registry.
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:36 AM   #13
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This is what I've understand. Just correct me if I'm wrong.

For exampel: I already installed a regeditor program and I change something. Whatever I change in the regeditor, it will also rewrite/change in the .conf file?
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:42 AM   #14
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No. Programs either use a registry type thing like gconf or Elektra, or they use conf files.

Forget you ever heard of Linux registries. The only thing you need to worry about are conf files. There are no registries. These are not the registries you are looking for.

Dave
 
Old 09-25-2008, 09:51 AM   #15
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Why waste time with the horrible WinDuhs registry? The old UNIX text configuration files are much easier to understand, are easily annotated, and you don't have to reinstall all your software if you accidentally screw up one configuration file. I think MS invented the registry to obscure operations from the users.

In Linux you have system-wide configuration files in the /etc directory and each user has a local configuration file in their home directory - these directories and config files usually begin with a '.' so they are not normally displayed when you ask the system to list your files and directories. The configuration files are text, so you can edit them as you please. If you screw up your local configuration file, you can just delete it and your software will default to the system-wide configuration. This is far superior to what WinDuhs and its silly registry does.
 
  


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