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A supercharged dict used as configuration

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$ pip install configdict


A dictionary based on a default prototype. A CheckedDict can only define key:value pairs which are already present in the default. It is possible to define a docstring for each key and different restrictions for the values regarding possible values, ranges and type. A CheckedDict is useful for configuration settings.


Based on CheckedDict, a ConfigDict is a persistent, unique dictionary. It is saved under the config folder determined by the OS and it is updated with each modification. It is useful for implementing configuration of a module / library / app, where there is a default/initial state and the user needs to be able to configure global settings which must be persisted between sessions (similar to the settings in an application)


config = ConfigDict("myproj.subproj")
config.addKey("keyA", 10, doc="documentaion of keyA")
config.addKey("keyB", 0.5, range=(0, 1))
config.addKey("keyC", "blue", choices=("blue", "red"),
              doc="documentation of keyC")

Alternatively, a ConfigDict can be created all at once:

config = ConfigDict("myapp",
    default = {
        'font-size': 10.0,
        'font-family': "Monospace",
        'port' : 9100,
    validator = {
        'font-size::range' : (8, 24),
        'port::range' : (9000, 65000),
        'font-family::choices' : {'Roboto', 'Monospace'},
    docs = {
        'port': 'The port number to listen to',
        'font-size': 'The size of the font, in pixels'

This will create the dictionary and load any persisted version. Any saved modifications will override the default values. Whenever the user changes any value (via config[key] = newvalue) the dictionary will be saved.

In all other respects a ConfigDict behaves like a normal dictionary.

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