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       Unix::ConfigFile - Perl interface to various Unix configuration files


         use Unix::ConfigFile;


       The Unix::ConfigFile module provides a base class from which the other Unix::*File modules
       are derived.  It provides some basic facilities like file opening, locking, and closing.
       You do not need to use this module directly unless you are developing a derived module for
       an unsupported configuration file.  However, some of the methods documented here are
       intended for public use by users of Unix::ConfigFile submodules, so you may find this
       documentation useful even if you are not developing your own module.

       The ConfigFile object also provides a sequencing API for modules that wish to preserve the
       order of the configuration file they read and write.  The sequencer maintains a list of
       arbitrary data that a submodule may append, insert, and delete from.  Use of the sequencer
       is completely optional.

       A module that subclasses from Unix::ConfigFile must, at a minimum, provide two methods,
       called "read" and "write".  Both methods will receive a filehandle as a parameter (besides
       the regular object parameter).  The read method is called after the file is opened.  It is
       expected to read in the configuration file and initialize the subclass-specific data
       structures associated with the object.  The write method is called when an object is
       committed and is expected to write out the new configuration to the supplied filehandle.


   commit( [%OPTIONS] )
       This writes any changes you have made to the object back to disk.  If you do not call
       commit, none of your changes will be reflected in the file you are modifying.  Commit may
       not be called on files opened in read-only mode.  There are some optional parameters that
       may be provided; these are passed in the form of key => value pairs.  The "backup" option
       allows you to specify a file extension that will be used to save a backup of the original
       file.  The "writeopts" option passes module-specific options through to the write method.
       It will accept any scalar for its value; typically this will be a list or hash reference.
       Commit returns 1 on success and 0 on failure.

   encpass( PASSWORD )
       This method encrypts the supplied plaintext password using a random salt and returns the
       encrypted password.  Note that this method does not actually make any use of the object
       that it is invoked on, and could be called as a class method.

   new( FILENAME [,%OPTIONS] )
       The new method constructs a new ConfigFile (or subclass) object using the specified
       FILENAME.  There are several optional parameters that may be specified.  Options must be
       passed as keyed pairs in the form of option => value.  Valid options are "locking",
       "lockfile", "mode", and "readopts".  The locking option determines what style of file
       locking is used; available styles are "dotlock", "flock", and "none".  The default locking
       style is "dotlock".  The "none" locking style causes no locking to be done, and all lock
       and unlock requests will return success.  The lockfile option can be used to specify the
       lock filename used with dotlocking.  The default is "FILENAME.lock", where FILENAME is the
       name of the file being opened.  The mode option allows the file open mode to be specified.
       The default mode is "r+" (read/write), but "r" and "w" are accepted as well.  Finally, the
       readopts option allows module-specific options to be passed through to the read method.
       It will accept any scalar for its value; typically this will be a list or hash reference.


       This is a utility function that may be called as an object or class method.  As the name
       suggests, this method is basically a version of the join function that incorporates line
       wrapping.  The specified list will be joined together, with each list element separated by
       the specified delimiter.  The first line of output will be prefixed with the HEAD
       parameter.  If a line exceeds the length parameter, output is wrapped to the next line and
       the INDENT parameter is used to prefix the line.  In addition, the TAIL parameter will be
       added to the end of every line generated except the final one.  There is one case where
       the resulting string can exceed the specified line length - if a single list element, plus
       HEAD or INDENT, exceeds that length.  One final feature is that if the HEAD or INDENT
       parameters contain the text '%n', it will be replaced with the current line number,
       beginning at 0.

   sequence( )
       Returns the current sequence list associated with the object.  This is a list of arbitrary
       data maintained by a ConfigFile submodule.  The ConfigFile module does not care what is
       contained in the list.

   seq_append( @DATA )
       Appends that specified data to the end of the sequence list.

   seq_insert( KEY, @DATA )
       Inserts the data into the sequence list before the data that matches the specified key.

   seq_remove( KEY )
       Removes the data from the sequence list that matches the specified key.


       Steve Snodgrass,


       Unix::AliasFile, Unix::AutomountFile, Unix::GroupFile, Unix::PasswdFile