confget — read variables from a configuration file

Description | Download | Examples | Older versions | Acknowledgements

Description

The confget utility examines a INI-style configuration file and retrieves the value of the specified variables from the specified section. Its intended use is to let shell scripts use the same INI-style configuration files as other programs, to avoid duplication of data.

The confget utility may retrieve the values of one or more variables, list all the variables in a specified section, list only those whose names or values match a specified pattern (shell glob or regular expression), or check if a variable is present in the file at all. It has a "shell-quoting" output mode that quotes the variable values in a way suitable for passing them directly to a Bourne-style shell. For more information, see the examples below.

Downloading confget

The confget homepage is here; the development history may be seen in the change log.

The latest release is confget-1.05:

Older versions are also available.

Examples

Retrieve the variable machine_id from the system section of a configuration file:

confget -f h.conf -s system machine_id

Retrieve the variable hostname from the db section, but only if it ends in “.ringlet.net”:

confget -f h.conf -s db -m '*.ringlet.net' hostname

Display the names and values of all variables in the system section with names beginning with “mach” or ending in “name”, appending a “cfg_” at the start of each variable name:

confget -f h.conf -s system -p 'cfg_' -L 'mach*' '*name'

Display the names and values of all variables in the system section:

confget -f h.conf -s system -l

Safely read the contents of the db section:

eval `confget -f h.conf -s db -p db_ -S -l`

Older versions of confget

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to (in no particular order):

Description | Download | Examples | Older versions | Acknowledgements

Contacts: Peter Pentchev

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