NAME

Config::Tiny - Read/Write .ini style files with as little code as possible

SYNOPSIS

    # In your configuration file
    rootproperty=blah

    [section]
    one=twp
    three= four
    Foo =Bar
    empty=

    # In your program
    use Config::Tiny;

    # Create a config
    my $Config = Config::Tiny->new();

    # Open the config
    $Config = Config::Tiny->read( 'file.conf' );

    # Reading properties
    my $rootproperty = $Config->{_}->{rootproperty};
    my $one = $Config->{section}->{one};
    my $Foo = $Config->{section}->{Foo};

    # Changing data
    $Config->{newsection} = { this => 'that' }; # Add a section
    $Config->{section}->{Foo} = 'Not Bar!';     # Change a value
    delete $Config->{_};                        # Delete a value or section

    # Save a config
    $Config->write( 'file.conf' );

DESCRIPTION

Config::Tiny is a perl class to read and write .ini style configuration files with as little code as possible, reducing load time and memory overhead. Memory usage is normally scoffed at in Perl, but in my opinion should be at least kept in mind.

This module is primarily for reading human written files, and anything we write shouldn't need to have documentation/comments. If you need something with more power, move up to Config::Simple, Config::General or one of the many other Config:: modules. To rephrase, Config::Tiny does not preserve your comments, whitespace, or the order of your config file.

CONFIGURATION FILE SYNTAX

Files are the same as windows .ini files, for example.

        [section]
        var1=value1
        var2=value2

If a property is outside of a section, it will be assigned to the root section, available at $Config->{_}.

Lines starting with '#' or ';' are comments, and blank lines are ignored.

When writing back to the config file, any comments are discarded.

METHODS

new

The constructor new creates and returns an empty Config::Tiny object.

read $filename

The read constructor reads a config file, and returns a new Config::Tiny object containing the properties in the file.

Returns the object on success, or undef on error.

read_string $string;

The read_string method takes as argument the contents of a config file as a string and returns the Config::Tiny object for it.

write

The write $filename generates the file for the properties, and writes it to disk.

Returns true on success or undef on error.

write_string

Generates the file for the object and returns it as a string.

errstr

When an error occurs, you can retrieve the error message either from the $Config::Tiny::errstr variable, or using the errstr() method.

SUPPORT

Bugs should be reported via the CPAN bug tracker at

  http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Config%3A%3ATiny

For other issues, contact the author

TO DO

I'm debating adding a get and set method to get or set a section.key based value...

Implementation is left as an exercise for the reader.

AUTHOR

        Adam Kennedy ( maintainer )
        cpan@ali.as
        http://ali.as/

Thanks to Sherzod Ruzmetov <sherzodr@cpan.org> for Config::Simple, which inspired this module by being not quite "simple" enough for me :)

SEE ALSO

Config::Simple, Config::General

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2002-2004 Adam Kennedy. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

The full text of the license can be found in the LICENSE file included with this module.