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Config::Trivial::Storable - Very simple tool for reading and writing very simple Storable configuration files


This documentation refers to Config::Trivial::Storable version 0.31


  use Config::Trivial::Storable;
  my $config = Config::Trivial::Storable->new(config_file => "path/to/my/config.conf");
  my $settings = $config->retrieve;
  say "Setting Colour is:\t", $settings->{'colour'};
  $settings->{'new-item'} = "New Setting";


Use this module when you want use "Yet Another" very simple, light weight configuration file reader. The module extends Config::Trivial by providing Storable Support. See those modules for more details.



The store method outputs a Storable binary version of the configuration rather than a plain text version that the write version would.

There are two optional parameters that can be passed, a file name to use instead of the current one, and a reference of a hash to write out instead of the currently loaded one.

    file_name => "/path/to/somewhere/else",
    configuration => $settings);

The method returns true on success. If the file already exists then it is backed up first. The store takes place using Storable's "lock_store" which uses Perl's flock. If the file cannot be written to then it will die.

Configuration data passed by this method is only written to file, it is not stored in the internal configuration object. To store data in the internal use the set_configuration data method. The option to pass a hash_ref in this method may be removed in future versions.

If you do not specify a file name then the module will default to writing to the calling file - which is obviously silly and it will try to avoid doing this - hence the error message: "Can't retrieve store from the calling file.".


This is the analogue to read, only it reads data from a Storable binary.


If both Storable and traditional text configuration files are set then retrieve will use the Storable version in preference, but if the text version is newer then that will be used instead. Thus you can easily edit the text version and any code using this module will automatically switch to using it.


If you want to explicitly set the file name of a storable file you may use this method. If you set a file name by both set_storable_file and set_config_file, then the retrieve method will "magically" decided which to use. The read method will ignore any storable settings.


About The Configuration File Format

This module extends Config::Trivial with optional support for using Storable binaries as a configuration file format, rather than plain text files.

The format of the text files is as with Config::Trivial and remains unchanged, as this module inherits from that one. The Storable format is offered so that modules can simple "retrieve" their configuration without the use of any particular configuration module.

This module extends Config::Trivial so that they can be used to quickly read configuration in one format and convert to another.


At the moment the module only uses core modules, plus Config::Trivial The test suite optionally uses POD::Coverage, Test::Pod::Coverage, Test::Pod and IO::Warnings which will be skipped if you do not have them.


Patches very welcome... ;-)



See Changes file.




Adam Trickett, <>


perl, Config::Trivial, Storable.


This version as Config::Trivial::Storable, Copyright Adam John Trickett 2006-2014

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