windows registry: criticized

[[art of unix programming]] points out that Windows registry are sometimes corrupted. ( Remember the standard advice to always back up the registry before editing it? ) When corrupted, the registry “frequently” breaks the entire system and requires a completely reinstall, as the book claims.

  • weakness — the registry is a centralized hierarchical config data store shared in RW mode by all (dozens of) applications.
  • weakness — single point of failure

In contrast, Unix config data is decentralized, but I won’t elaborate.

Centralized hierarchical configuration sounds plausible but isn’t impressive in practice.

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