Using ReactOS Registry format

James Liggett jrliggett at
Tue Jun 21 14:46:56 CDT 2005

Hi Martin,
Thanks for this info. It looks like this might work. How do I contact
Eric Kohl?


On Tue, 2005-06-21 at 17:57 +0200, Martin Fuchs wrote:
> Hi James,
> > Last night Martin Fuchs suggested that we look into using ReactOS's
> > registry format in order to be compatible with Windows registry
> > databases. I have the latest release of ReactOS running on QEMU on my
> > box, so I checked it out. Basically, they're using the same regedit
> > program from Wine, missing find command and all (Which I too feel is a
> > pain in the neck).
> A bunch of dlls and applications are synced between Wine and ROS from
> time to time, also including regedit. What about implemting the
> missing find functionality at your own to bring both projects a little
> foreward?  ;-)
> > I looked at the config stuff, and I found what looked
> > like some binary database files for each of the main registry sections.
> > Unfortunately, there's no documentation at all on any of this on their
> > website.
> I can forward you a mail from Steven Edwards to bring a bit light into
> this issue:
> S> I think ReactOS's registry is binary compatible with NT4. It and
> the windows 2000 format was
> S> documented/reversed for samba and the linux ntchpwd bootdisk
> projects. If I remeber right Eric
> S> Kohl offered to release some of his work to Wine for the binary
> format so you might want to ping
> S> him about the implementation details.
> So Eric Kohl would be the right man to ask about the internals of NT's
> registry format.
> > If we decide to go this route, we may be in for a hell of a lot
> > of work. But, I do agree with all of your points. I think the current
> > system could use some improvement, especially in the area of searching.
> > Let me know what you think of all this.
> Regards,
>    Martin

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