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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla™ by Nigel McFarlane

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17.3. Install Technologies

The remainder of this chapter describes the pieces of technology used or usable for remote installation.

17.3.1. File Uses and Formats

The platform's installation uses several different kinds of data files. There are three main uses for these files, and they are written in several different file formats. The three uses are registries, manifests, and logs.

  • Registries are read/write files that the platform uses as simple databases that can be updated. Configuration, application, and version information is stored in registries.

  • Manifests are read-only files. They act as bills-of-lading or picking lists; in other words, they describe what's provided. Mozilla uses manifests to list available XPCOM components, plugins, chrome ...

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