I always create a module to handle program configuration, and I always call it Program::RC

Then Program::RC has a method new that instantiates an object that reads the configuration from whereever it is stored (config file, la windows INI file is pretty good, with permissions well set so as to protect sensitive data), database, LDAP directory, whatever.

The class offers a series of methods to access the different parts of the configuration file and give the variables values.

This approach has one added advantage, each time you instantiate a configuration object, the config file is read, so you can change the configuration and test it on the fly, not even a SIGHUP is needed.

An example:

use Foo::RC; # prepare things ... # now fork if ( my $pid = fork() ) { my $ret = process_request( @ data ); # ... other hooks, or whatever } else { ... } sub process_request { # blah blah blah my $rc = new Foo::RC; my ($server_ip, $server_port, $bind_dn, $bind_passwd) = $rc->get_ldap_server_data; # ... }

Each time the program has to process a request, it reads its configuration. Unless it's a huge config file, this is almost unnoticeable delay, and you can always memoize or create a cache for this system once it's production time (this is really useful to developing/debugging...)

good luck,

NB: as I usually use Net::Server to make these things, the fork code can be wrong, please forgive me...

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In reply to Re: Re: How do you load configuration variables by Excalibor
in thread How do you load configuration variables by lpoht

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