Config File Interface


The SILC Config util library is based on two main objects, SilcConfigFile (or File object) and SilcConfigEntity (or Entity). The File objects are structs directly corresponding to the real files in the filesystem, while Entities are a little more abstract.

An Entity is composed by delimited area on a File object (it can take the whole File object or just part of it), plus a group of known options. In order to parse this file, first you need to create a File object with the silc_config_open() function, and then you need to create the Entity with the silc_config_init() function.

Now you can use the newly created Entity to register a group of expected known options and sub-blocks, and then you can call the main parsing loop with the silc_config_main() function. When silc_config_main() will return, if some error encoured the object file will point to the file that caused this error (this can be different from the originally opened file if it contained `Include' directives). If no errors encoured then the File objects will still point to the original file.

While silc_config_main() will take care of destroying Entities before returning, you need to take care that the File object you created is freed with the silc_config_close() function.

The SILC Config library won't take care about storing the values contained in the config file. You must take care about it with the callback functions.

The config file syntax is pretty straightforward. All lines starting with `#' will be skipped, while sub-blocks are delimited by braces (see the example below).

Options with argument must have the `=' character between the option name and the value. Simple words and numbers does not require quoting. There is a special built-in directive "Include" which allows you to include another config file in the point the directive is. You can also Include inside a sub-block body, in this case when parsing the included config file it will be assumed that we are within this block, and the included file won't be allowed to close his root block.


    cipher {
       name = aes-256-cbc;
       module = "";
       key_length = 32;       # usually the default is just fine
       block_length = 16;
    Include "/etc/silc/hash_funcs.conf";