8.3 History

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.