Wine's Registry Format

Alexandre Julliard julliard at
Sat Jun 18 15:22:56 CDT 2005

Brad <syllogism711 at> writes:

> There's a bug on bugzilla (422) that asks for the registry file format to
> be re-written in order to be able to dynamically load parts of the
> registry.  If you don't feel like looking it up - don't worry, I'm going
> to explain why this would benefit wine. . .
> It's said that wine loads the entire registry when it first runs, which
> can get become a waste - even if it's going to be swapped off anyway. . . 
> It's also not the fastest method of input and especially output to the
> registry. . . 

Actually the current method is probably the fastest for everything
except the initial read. Admittedly it's not very elegant, but it's
simple and allows us to store everything in text format. So I'm not at
all convinced that using a real database would be worth the trouble.

Alexandre Julliard
julliard at

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