The app-settings package

[Tags:bsd3, library, test]

A library to deal with application settings.

This library deals with read-write application settings. You will have to specify the settings that your application uses, their name, types and default values.

Setting types must implement the Read and Show typeclasses.

The settings are saved in a file in an INI-like key-value format (without sections).

Reading and updating settings is done in pure code, the IO monad is only used to load settings and save them to disk. It is advised for the user to create a module in your project holding settings handling.

You can then declare settings:

 fontSize :: Setting Double
 fontSize = Setting "fontSize" 14

 dateFormat :: Setting String
 dateFormat = Setting "dateFormat" "%x"

 backgroundColor :: Setting (Int, Int, Int)
 backgroundColor = Setting "backcolor" (255, 0, 0)

Optionally you can declare the list of all your settings, in that case the application will also save the default values in the configuration file, but commented out:

 # dateFormat="%x"
 # backcolor=(255,0,0)

If you do not specify the list of settings, only the first line would be present in the configuration file.

With an ordinary setting, one row in the configuration file means one setting. That setting may of course be a list for instance. This setup works very well for shorter lists like [1,2,3], however if you have a list of more complex items, you will get very long lines and a configuration file very difficult to edit by hand.

For these special cases there is also the ListSetting constructor:

 testList :: Setting [String]
 testList = ListSetting "testList" ["list1", "list2", "list3"]

Now the configuration file looks like that:


Which is much more handy for big lists. An empty list is represented like so:


Once we declared the settings, we can read the configuration from disk (and your settings module should export your wrapper around the function offered by this library):

 readResult <- try $ readSettings (AutoFromAppName "test")
 case readResult of
 	Right (conf, GetSetting getSetting) -> do
 		let textSize = getSetting textSizeFromWidth
 		saveSettings getDefaultConfig (AutoFromAppName "test") conf
 	Left (x :: SomeException) -> error "Error reading the config file!"

AutoFromAppName specifies where to save the configuration file. And we've already covered the getSetting in this snippet, see the readSettings documentation for further information.


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Dependencies base (>=4.6 && <5), containers (==0.5.*), directory (==1.2.*), mtl (>=2.1 && <2.3), parsec (==3.1.*), text (>=0.10) [details]
License BSD3
Author Emmanuel Touzery
Category Configuration
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Uploaded Fri May 16 21:50:41 UTC 2014 by EmmanuelTouzery
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