The roots of this module began with a different configuration parser written
by the same author (http://sourceforge.net/projects/config-py). This
module contained some of the core design blending option settings from multiple
files and the use of section keys for flexible option storage and retrieval.
Since that time a need for coordination between the command line and
configuration file option parsers caused an evolution of the interface to be
modelled after the optparse module. Perhaps modelled is a bit weak of
an acknowledgment because all of the help formatting code was borrowed almost
verbatim from that module. The
ini syntax was added so that the module
would be a viable candidate in the ConfigParserShootout activity
(http://www.python.org/moin/ConfigParserShootout) which hopes to produce a
new configuration parser module for inclusion in the standard library of a
future Python release.