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IniReader is a small module for nodejs. You can parse .ini configuration files with it.

The constructor

Arguments

The constructor accepts configuration parameters as an object:

  • async: (Optional), Boolean, default: false, Set to true if you wan't to use asynchron calls to read and/or write configuration files
  • file: (Optional), String, default: empty, You can set the configuration file name here
  • inheritDefault: (Optional), String, default: false, If this option is true and your configuration has a section with a name DEFAULT the other sections will inherit it's values if they are not defined.
  • multiValue: (Optional), Boolean, default: false, If true, keys which occures more then once will be collected into array. If false, overwrites them
  • hooks: (Optional), object, default: null. With hooks, you can call your own function to change thekey or value before writing it to the disk. Supported hooks are write.keyValue:
config.hooks = {keyValue: function (keyValue, group) {
	var key = keyValue[0],
		value = keyValue[1];
	if (group === 'someGroup' && key === 'changethis') {
		 keyValue[1] = changeValue(value);
	}

	return keyValue;
}}

It will process the value with the changeValue function of changethis key under the someGroup group. Make sure you return the keyValue after processing.

Methods

load

Loads and parses the configuration file.

Arguments:

  • file: (Optional), String, Name of the configuration file to read. If you didn't set the file name in the constructor, you must do it here.

write

Writes out the configuration into a file

Arguments:

  • file: (Optional), String, Name of the configuration file to write. If you didn't set the file name in the constructor, you must do it here.
  • le: (Optional), String, default: '\n', Line ending. Possible values are: '\n', '\r\n', '\r'

param

Method to get or set a configuration value, or a section or the whole configuration as an object

Arguments:

  • prop: (Optional), String, Array, The name of the property or block. If the argument is empty, it will return the whole configuration object. To retreive a block, give the name of the block. iniReaderInstance.param('blockname'). To retreive a property value, give the name of the block and the property name concatenated with a dot blockname.propertyname or as array ["blockname", "propertyname"]
  • value: (Optional), String,Number,Object, The value of the parameter. Pass an object to add several properties to a section

When the prop name contains period, it will try to find the best matching block and key by the following rules: Always the most specific block name will win:

file:

[foo.bar.baz]
qux=quux in block

[foo]
bar.baz.qux=quux in key

iniReaderInstance.param('foo.bar.baz'); will return quux in block.

For manual access use the iniReaderInstance.values property: iniReaderInstance.values['foo']['bar.baz.qux'];

When you set a value and the block name contains period, it will create the most specific block and the least specific key:

iniReaderInstance.param('foo.bar.baz.qux', 'quux') will create the following structure:

[foo.bar.baz]
qux=quux

You can override this behaviour by setting the property manually:

iniReaderInstance.values['foo'] = {
	'bar.baz.qux': 'quux'
};

interpolate

Arguments

  • prop: (Optional), String, The name of the property or block.

Description

Same as the method param with the argument prop but this method extends recursively all the patterns %(xxx) by the value which would be returned by param(xxx). The patterns can be %(blockname.key) or %(key), assuming that key refers to the current block.

For example, if the file .ini is

 [sectionA]
 a=foo
 b=%(a)/bar
 [sectionB]
 c=%(sectionA.b)/baz

interpolate called with the parameter 'sectionA.b' will return foo/bar and, with the parameter 'sectionB.c', it will return foo/bar/baz.

Basic usage

// include
var iniReader = require('./inireader');
// initialize
var parser = new iniReader.IniReader();
parser.load('./myconf.ini');
// get the config tree
parser.getBlock();
// get only a sub section
parser.param('blockname');
// get a config value. The blockname is mandantory
parser.param('blockname.key');
// add or update (if exists) config
// if the block doesn't exists it will be created;
parser.param('blockname.key', 'foo');
parser.param(['blockname', 'otherKey'], 'bar');
// update the config
parser.write();
// create a new config
parser.write('myotherconf.ini');

Using callbacks

var iniReader = require('./inireader');
// initialize
var parser = new iniReader.IniReader();
parser.on('fileParse', function() {
  // get the config tree
  this.getBlock();
  // get only a sub section
  this.param('blockname');
  // get a config value. The blockname is mandantory
  this.param('blockname.key');
  // add or update (if exists) config
  // if the block doesn't exists it will be created;
  parser.param('blockname.key', 'foobar');
  // update the config
  parser.write();
  // create a new config
  parser.write('myotherconf.ini');
});
parser.load('./myconf.ini');

Using async file reading

var iniReader = require('./inireader');
// initialize
var parser = new iniReader.IniReader({async: true});
parser.on('fileParse', function() {
  // get the config tree
  this.getBlock();
  // get only a sub section
  this.param('blockname');
  // get a config value. The blockname is mandantory
  this.param('blockname.key');
  // add or update (if exists) config
  // if the block doesn't exists it will be created;
  parser.param('blockname.key', 'foobar');
  // update the config
  parser.write();
  // create a new config
  parser.write('myotherconf.ini');
});
parser.load('./myconf.ini');

Using hooks

var iniReader = require('./inireader'); // initialize var parser = new iniReader.IniReader({ async: false, hooks: { write: function (keyValue, group) { if (group === 'uppercase') { keyValue[1] = keyValue[1].toUpperCase(); }

		return keyValue;
	}
}

});