Get-Content INI File

This topic contains 6 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Chris Hunt 4 years, 11 months ago.

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  • #7954

    Oliver Adams

    I am trying to import the content of an ini file structured as below:

    Print Spooler
    Adobe Acrobat Update Service

    I am using the regex "^\[(.+)\]" to find the headers but not sure how to split the rest of the file into useable sections. Any advice is appreciated.

  • #7956

    Don Jones

    Hmm. I'm not entirely sure a regex is completely the right approach. What you probably need to do is just go through the file line-by-line. When you see a line matching a header, your code would know what to do with the subsequent lines. Because INI file sections don't have a closing delimiter for a section, you can't easily grab just the contents of a section using a regex. I mean, each section but the last is "terminated" by the start of the following section... but I think you're going to work a lot harder that way.

    For example, there's a C# class at you might use as a procedural example. You'll notice that it uses some native-code DLLs from Windows to actually deal with the INI.

    INI files are really a PITA, though. If you've got any control over how those are created, consider using something like XML instead. It's a lot easier to parse. INI is pretty 1980's tech.

  • #7957

    Oliver Adams

    I didnt think of using an xml file for the ini part.I just want it to be easy to edit so that whoever uses the script can open the file and enter the services they want the script to monitor and backup software being used. What is the easiest way to build an xml configuration file?

  • #7958

    Don Jones

    The easiest? Notepad.

    Or write two scripts. Better yet, write them as functions, as put them in a module. The first is the one that reads the XML and does whatever. The second accepts input on parameters, and produces an XML file. E.g.,

    New-MyXMLConfiguration -Services one,two,three,four -Backup whatever,you,want -FilePath MyConfig.xml

    That way you have an easy way to produce the XML file, and an easy file format that the "main" tool can consume.

  • #7959

    Oliver Adams

    Thanks for another fast response. I am trying to work through this now after finding out I should use [xml](gc $File) instead of import-clixml, it is going quite well. Thanks for the help Don I have both of your learn windows powershell books and they are fantastic. Do you plan to do any more soon?

  • #7960

    Don Jones

    We'll probably do updates for v4 on the existing books early next year. It's a ton of work, and it doesn't pay much, so I can't afford to do many more than I do.

  • #8316

    Chris Hunt

    This may be more complicated than it's worth but YAML is a great format since it's machine readable like XML and easily human readable/editable. Great for config files.

    Here's a YAML parser for Posh.

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