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Re: [opensuse] thunderbird, 'don't ask again'
On 14/11/14 14:36, Anton Aylward wrote:
On 11/14/2014 07:48 AM, lynn wrote:
I checked the 'don't ask me again' (OWTTE) box when deleting messages.
Now it doesn't prompt before deleting. How do I get it to ask me again?

I tried this:

One[1] of the reasons I hate the Microsoft/Windows method of storing
config -- the registry -- is that it is anonymous. The method used by
the UNIX derived systems of a plain text file, usually in or symlinked
to /etc, and either having a name that is, or is in a directory whose
name corresponds to the application, and whose contents probably have a
lot of comments explaining them all, carries a much higher semantic load
and makes modification much easier.

Once again let me quote the idea that *NIX is about understanding a few
basic patterns and principles and applying them (in context) whereas so
much of Microsoft is 'sui generis':
(side argument, not altogether relevant and displays a great ignorance
of history:

The way Mozilla stores configuration and the way you can override in
userPrefs is a half-way house. The names are more meaningful and you
_can_ use text files for configuration, but there is no baseline config
file with embedded comments and searching the documentation, while
easier than hunting down the meaning of Registry entries, is still
something that requires savvy a more than a little google-fu.

The "why" seems to have something to do with performance.
There seems to be a class of programmers who believe that loading in an
binary descriptor is faster than parsing text file.

In the case of something like termcap/terminfo I can accept that. It is
Just One Thing. But the Registry and the Mozilla approach loads
Every${DEITY}${PERDITION}ed thing whether you are going to use it or
not. I may spend a week calling up Thunderbird and Firefox each day,
possibly more than once a day, and never printing anything[2]. But they
insist on loading the printer characteristics anyway, as part of ...

Perhaps this is inherited from the MS-DOS style of word processor ...

In many ways Thunderbird and Firefox are more "DOS/Windows" style
programs than they are UNIX/Linux programs.

[1] Yes there are more reasons ...
[2] Realistically I print very little. A ream of paper might last
me a year.


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