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       lcdproc-config - format of LCDproc’s configuration files


       The syntax for LCDproc’s configuration files is INI-file style.

       They  are  8-bit text files divided into sections, each containing zero
       or more key-value pairs.  Sections are  introduced  by  section  labels
       which start with ’[’ and end with ’]’, and key-value pairs consist of a
       key name, a ’=’ sign and a value each.

       Key names are sequences of non-space characters, not starting with  ’[’
       and  not  containing  ’=’ or ’\n’, while values are shell like strings.
       I.e. they are either  simple  sequences  of  non-space  characters,  or
       double  quoted-strings  with C-style syntax (except the missing support
       for ’\NNN’ and ’\xNN’ escape sequences) or or a mix of  both  of  these

       Section  labels  and  key names are case-insensitive and may occur more
       than once.  Keys of duplicate sections will be merged into one section,
       while  the  values  of  duplicate keys in a section will be appended to
       form an array of values for this key.  (In the program, all values of a
       key can be retrieved individually)

       Spaces  around  section  labels,  keys,  and values are ignored.  Lines
       starting with ’;’ or ’#’ are considered comments and ignored too.

       While all  of  the  above  is  quite  common  to  almost  all  INI-file
       implementations,  there  are a few special features that make LCDproc’s
       config files special:

       *      Section labels may contain any character  except  ’]’,  ’\n’  or
              ’\0’.   However,  all characters are interpreted literally (i.e.
              neither quoting, nor escaping done).

       *      Key names may contain any non-space  character  except  ’\n’  or
              ’\0’.   However,  all characters are interpreted literally (i.e.
              neither quoting, nor escaping done).

       *      Comments are allowed after section labels and key value pairs

       *      Values may be a mix of quoted and unquoted  strings  similar  as
              strings  are  interpreted in the shell.  E.g. the value ’string"
              with "blanks"\t!"’ will be parsed as ’string with  blanks<TAB>!’
              where <TAB> stands for the TAB character.

       In  case  of  a  a  parsing  error  the rest of the line is ignored and
       parsing continues with the next line.


       Here is fully working  example  of  an  LCDd.conf  (formatted  somewhat
       strange to show the features):
       # the server section
       Driver="my Curses Driver"
       WaitTime= "5"

       # assign keys to special functions #
       ToggleRotateKey = Enter
       PrevScreenKey = Left
       NextScreenKey = Right
       # ScrollUpKey = Up

       #  menu section: define keys to use in the server menu #
       MenuKey = Escape    # ESC switches to server menu
       EnterKey =Enter
       UpKey= Up
        LeftKey= "Left"
        RightKey = "Right"

       # configuration of the curses driver #
       [my curses Driver]  # yes I use the curse driver
       File= ""
       Size="20"x"4"       # LCD screen dimensions
       TopLeftX=7          # screen position: X coordinate
       TopLeftY=7          # screen position: Y coordinate
       Foreground=blue          # foreground color
       Background=cyan          # background color when backight is off
       Backlight=red       # background color when backight is on


       These are the default config files for the various parts of the LCDproc

              configuration of the LCDd server daemon

              configuration of the lcdproc system monitoring client

              configuration of the lcdexec the program starter client

              configuration of the lcdvc virtual console client


       LCDd(8), lcdproc(1), lcdexec(1)


       This manual page has been written by Peter Marschall <>