Bug 358 - Registry's UserStore hardcodes a path in user's home directory
Summary: Registry's UserStore hardcodes a path in user's home directory
Alias: None
Product: Class Libraries
Classification: Mono
Component: mscorlib ()
Version: master
Hardware: PC Linux
: --- normal
Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-08-22 04:44 UTC by Iain Lane
Modified: 2014-09-25 05:11 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Iain Lane 2011-08-22 04:44:49 UTC
Sometimes a user's home directory may not be where you want to store regsistry keys for the current user (Registry.CurrentUser). Unfortunately, it looks as if mcs/class/corlib/Microsoft.Win32/UnixRegistryApi.cs:778 hardcodes this storage there. You can override the system storage directory at runtime using MONO_REGISTRY_PATH, but not the user one.

It would be better *anyway* if this used SpecialFolder.Config as that is the right place to put configuration files on *nix systems, but that would come with the added benefit of being able to be properly overridden at runtime (without resetting $HOME if my other patch gets accepted [currently you can't change it /at all/ because SpecialFolder.Personal is hardcoded]).

And/or another environment variable such as MONO_CURRENTUSER_REGISTRY_PATH could be used.
Comment 1 Adam Brengesjö 2012-07-03 16:51:03 UTC
I have added a commit for this on https://github.com/adbre/mono/tree/iss358,
but I'm not so sure about the consequenses for this change, so I have not yet opened a pull request.
Comment 2 Alex Rønne Petersen 2014-06-18 20:35:45 UTC
Comment 3 Bartek Juriewicz 2014-09-25 05:11:38 UTC
The discussion on github seems to be dead for a while, but the issue status is definitively not resolved yet. Since Adam wrote the man page and the fix is requested, maybe the bug should be reopened, and bumped?