[python-win32] Walking the registry and creating reg files
rdahlstrom at directedge.com
Fri Dec 5 18:51:23 CET 2008
Well, sure the registry itself is not text, but the keynames contained within it are, and so are the values, once you've read them. Basically what I'm saying is not that you need *no* permissions, just that you don't need any *special* permissions - if you have permission to read it and enumerate the subkeys, that is (at least in my experience, maybe I'm not doing exactly what the request is) sufficient. Regedit is not needed, as regedit is not what is being used, whatever program you are running is being used.
From: python-win32-bounces+rdahlstrom=directedge.com at python.org [mailto:python-win32-bounces+rdahlstrom=directedge.com at python.org] On Behalf Of Tim Roberts
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 12:44 PM
To: Python-Win32 List
Subject: Re: [python-win32] Walking the registry and creating reg files
Dahlstrom, Roger wrote:
> If you can read the registry, you can save it without any other special permissions. It is just text.
> Just export a branch of your own registry and open it with notepad to see the format. I do it all the time, it works fine.
Well, you are simplifying things a bit too much. The registry itself is
NOT, in fact, text. It is an indexed, hierarchical database. You can
certainly use regedit to export a key to text, but the question here was
about doing it programmatically, without regedit. Regedit supports the
backup/restore function that Tim mentioned, but to do so, it has to
acquire backup privileges. If you want to use the same functions from
your own program, YOU have to acquire the backup privileges.
Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.
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