Re: Saving a configuration. Ideas needed.

David Wilkinson <>
Fri, 22 Jun 2007 08:44:57 -0500
Paco wrote:

I've written a program that requires an extensive configuration setup. Its
more complex ( a bunch of choices) then it is lengthy. The operator must
create what is called a "Formatting Plan". The configuration will be setup
by the tech that sets up the hardware. The customer may rarely change it.
There will be groups of customers that can use the same configuration or
tweaked versions.

I want there to be a way for the tech to be able to save a configuration to
a file which he can take with him on his memory stick. The tech might want
to use it at a different customer in the future.

How should I do this. The data is stored in the registry, so I looked at
using a .reg files. I looked at using the private .ini functions. To upload
a reg file there is some programming permission stuff. The .ini file
function help pages talk about compatibility issues. I haven't read
everything on that topic yet.

Question: How should I save the data? What format? Registry, .ini or what.
Any ideas?


Personally I save both my configuration file and my documents as XML. I
wrote my own parser/serializer, but I'm sure there are many free or
commercial alternatives.

David Wilkinson
Visual C++ MVP

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