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Gkeyfile and configuration files

While looking for a configuration file parser I came across GkeyFile that is part of glib. It was very easy to use and met almost all the requirements that I wanted out of it. Here is a simple howto for GkeyFile…

Key files in GLib are more like .ini files that are mostly available on Windows. The key files data is divided into groups, where the name appears between square bracket characters, and comments are started by the # character. Key files, parsed by GKeyFile can handle strings, localized strings(internationalization support), Boolean values, integers, doubles, and arrays of each of these data types.

A simple example of a KeyFile can be:

#First Group
FirstName= Joe

Now in order to get values for FirstName and Age for the group “Student1” you can use the following code in C…

#include <glib.h>

typedef struct
gchar *FirstName;
int Age;

} Student;

int main ()
Settings *conf;
GKeyFile *keyfile;
GKeyFileFlags flags;
GError *error = NULL;
gsize length;

keyfile = g_key_file_new ();

if (!g_key_file_load_from_file (keyfile, “Students.conf”, flags, &error))
g_error (error->message);
return -1;

conf = g_slice_new (Student);

conf->FirstName = g_key_file_get_string             (keyfile, “Student1”,
“FirstName”, NULL);
conf->Age = g_key_file_get_integer (keyfile, “Student1”,
“Age”, NULL);
return 0;

You can find more help for Gekyfile in  Glib Reference Manual

Shoaib Mir

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  1. interval
    May 12, 2009 at 9:15 am

    How is this different, better, and/or etc. the usual use of the gnome-settings-manager for per-app configuration management in gnome environments? I haven’t found gsm particularly difficult to use and it is the more canonical way to manage settings; it will have to be there if you’re running gnome anyway.

  2. May 12, 2009 at 11:43 am

    For me the scenario was a little different as I had to have it platform independent and make it run on Windows as well, otherwise GSM seems a better option.

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