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version 0.13


use Config::Path;

my $conf = Config::Path->new(
    files => [ 't/conf/configA.yml', 't/conf/configB.yml' ]

# Or, if you want to load all files in a directory

my $dconf = Config::Path->new(
    directory => 'myapp/conf'

# If you *DON'T* want to convert empty hashes and arrays to undef
# (XML parsing will return <foo></foo> as {})
my $conf = Config::Path->new(
    convert_empty_to_undef => 0


Config::Path is a Yet Another Config module with a few twists that were desired for an internal project:

  • Multiple files merged into a single, flat hash
  • Path-based configuration value retrieval
  • Support for loading all config files in a directory
  • Sane precedence for key collisions
  • Clean, simple implementation

Multiple-File Merging

If any of your config files contain the same keys, the "right" file wins, using Hash::Merge's RIGHT_PRECEDENT setting. In other words, later file's keys will have precedence over those loaded earlier.

Note that when a full directory of files are loaded the files are sorted via Perl's sort before merging so as to remove any amigiuity about the order in which they will be loaded.

Directory Slurping

If you specify a value for the directory attribute, rather than the files attribute then Config::Path will attempt to load all the files in the supplied directory via Config::Any. __The files will be merged in alphabetical order so that there is no ambiguity in the event of a key collision. Files later in the alphabet will override keys of their predecessors. __


Arrays can be accessed with paths like foo/0/bar. Just use the array index to descend into that element. If you attempt to treat a hash like an array or an array like hash you will simply get undef back.


Config::Path - Path-like config API with multiple file support, directory loading and arbitrary backends from Config::Any.



HashRef of options passed to Config::Any.


A directory in which files should be searched for. Note that this option is mutually-exclusive to the files attribute. Only set one of them.


The list of files that will be parsed for this configuration. Note that this option is mutually-exclusive to the files attribute. Only set one of them.


Defaults to true, if this option is set to false then entities fetched that are {} or [] will be kept in tact.

Otherwise Config::Path converts these to undef.


add_file ($file)

Adds the supplied filename to the list of files that will be loaded. Note that adding a file after you've already loaded a config will not change anything. You'll need to call reload if you want to reread the configuration and include the new file.


Clear all values covered by mask.

fetch ($path)

Get a value from the config file. As per the name of this module, fetch takes a path argument in the form of foo/bar/baz. This is effectively a shorthand way of expressing a series of hash keys. Whatever value is on the end of the keys will be returned. As such, fetch might return undef, scalar, arrayref, hashref or whatever you've stored in the config file.

my $foo = $config->fetch('baz/bar/foo');

Note that leading slashes will be automatically stripped, just in case you prefer the idea of using them. They are effectively useless though.

mask ('path/to/value', 'newvalue')

Override the specified key to the specified value. Note that this only changes the path's value in this instance. It does not change the config file. This is useful for tests. Note that exists is used so setting a path to undef will not clear the mask. If you want to clear masks use clear_mask.


Rereads the config files specified in files. Well, actually it just blows away the internal state of the config so that the next call will reload the configuration. Note that this also clears any masking you've done.


Cory G Watson, <gphat at>


Jay Shirley Mike Eldridge


Copyright 2010

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See for more information.


Cory G Watson


This software is copyright (c) 2012 by Cold Hard Code, LLC.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

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