Introduction to mcs

The mcs package is a library and set of tools which abstract the storage of configuration settings away from userland applications. There are similar projects like this (such as GConf), but unlike those projects, mcs strictly handles abstraction. It does not impose any specific data storage requirement, nor is it tied to any desktop environment or software suite.

Package Information

mcs Dependencies




GConf- and kdelibs-3.5.9

User Notes:

Installation of mcs

Install mcs by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m644 -D README /usr/share/doc/mcs-0.7.0/README

Command Explanations

--with-qt-path=/usr/share/qt: If you have kdelibs-3.5.9 installed, you must pass additional parameters to the configure script to identify the location of Qt and, possibly, KDE libraries and interface headers.

For additional information about the various storage backends (including the default XDG-compliant backend), see the README file in the source tree.

Configuring mcs

There are various ways to configure mcs to use a specific backend on a site-wide or individual user basis. If the default file-based storage backend is suitable, no configuration steps are required. See section 2 of the README file in the source tree for details.


Installed Programs: mcs-getconfval, mcs-info, mcs-query-backends and mcs-setconfval
Installed Libraries: and backend storage modules
Installed Directories: /usr/include/mcs, /usr/lib/mcs and /usr/share/doc/mcs-0.7.0

Short Descriptions


queries mcs for a configuration value.


displays information about the current installation and configuration of mcs.


queries mcs to determine what backends are available.


instructs mcs to change a configuration value.

contains the API functions required by the mcs userspace tools.

Last updated on 2008-03-17 11:00:11 -0500