.ini file parser (ConfigParser)

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Fri Oct 22 06:29:49 CEST 2004

I've written a simple parser for .ini files; it's not a replacement for 
ConfigParser, but you could build such a module ontop of it fairly 
easily, or you could build something either more or less complicated.


For instance, here's the code to parse an ini file into a nested 
dictionary, like {'section': {'var1': ['value1']}}:

class BasicParser(INIParser):

     def __init__(self):
         self.data = {}

     def assignment(self, name, content):
         if not self.section:
                 'Assignments can only occur inside sections; no '
                 'section has been defined yet')
         section = self.data.setdefault(self.section, {})
         section.setdefault(name, []).append(content)


p = BasicParser()
data = p.data

... though generally the parser should be a non-public implementation 
detail in a config library.  Anyway, not a lot of code, but I think it's 
a good piece for building different config parsers. both simple and complex.

Ian Bicking  /  ianb at colorstudy.com  / http://blog.ianbicking.org

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