Aria  2.8.0

Example program demonstrating the use of ArConfigThis program shows how to use ArConfig to store configuration parameters and load/save them from a file.

The ArNetworking library includes server classes that will let you use a remote client such as MobileEyes to view and change the configuration. See ArNetworking documentation and examples.

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#include "Aria.h"
class ConfigExample
ArConfig* myConfig;
int myIntParam;
double myDoubleParam;
bool myBoolParam;
char myStringParam[256];
myProcessConfigCB(this, &ConfigExample::processConfigFile)
// The global Aria class contains an ArConfig object. You can create
// other instances of ArConfig, but this is how you can share one ArConfig
// among various program modules.
// If you want to store a config parameter in ArConfig, first you must add
// it to the ArConfig object. Parameters are stored in sections, and
// they affect a variable via a pointer provided in an ArConfigArg
// object:
config->setSectionComment("Example Section", "Contains parameters created by the configExample");
// Add an integer which ranges from -10 to 10:
config->addParam( ArConfigArg("ExampleIntegerParameter", &myIntParam, "Example parameter integer.", -10, 10), "Example Section", ArPriority::NORMAL);
// Add a floating point number which ranges from 0.0 to 1.0:
config->addParam( ArConfigArg("ExampleDoubleParameter", &myDoubleParam, "Example double precision floating point number.", 0.0, 1.0), "Example Section", ArPriority::NORMAL);
// Essential parameters can be placed in the "Important" priority level:
config->addParam( ArConfigArg("ExampleBoolParameter", &myBoolParam, "Example boolean parameter."), "Example Section", ArPriority::IMPORTANT);
// Unimportant parameters can be placed in the "Trivial" priority level:
myStringParam[0] = '\0'; // make string empty
config->addParam( ArConfigArg("ExampleStringParameter", myStringParam, "Example string parameter.", 256), "Example Section", ArPriority::TRIVIAL);
// You can set a callback to be invoked when the configuration changes, in
// case you need to respond to any changes in the parameter values:
config->addProcessFileCB(&myProcessConfigCB, 0);
// Method called by config process callback when a new file is loaded.
// It can return false to indicate an error, or true to indicate no error.
bool processConfigFile()
ArLog::log(ArLog::Normal, "configExample: Config changed. New values: int=%d, float=%f, bool=%s, string=\"%s\".", myIntParam, myDoubleParam, myBoolParam?"true":"false", myStringParam);
return true;
int main(int argc, char **argv)
ArArgumentParser argParser(&argc, argv);
if (argc < 2 || !Aria::parseArgs() || argParser.checkArgument("-help"))
ArLog::log(ArLog::Terse, "configExample usage: configExample <config file>.\nFor example, \"configExample examples/configExample.cfg\".");
return 1;
// Object containing config parameters, and responding to changes:
ConfigExample configExample;
// Load a config file given on the command line into the global
// ArConfig object kept by Aria. Normally ArConfig expects config
// files to be in the main ARIA directory (i.e. /usr/local/Aria or
// a directory specified by the $ARIA environment variable).
char error[512];
const char* filename = argParser.getArg(1);
ArLog::log(ArLog::Normal, "configExample: loading configuration file \"%s\"...", filename);
if (! config->parseFile(filename, true, false, error, 512) )
ArLog::log(ArLog::Terse, "configExample: Error loading configuration file \"%s\" %s. Try \"examples/configExample.cfg\".", filename, error);
return -1;
ArLog::log(ArLog::Normal, "configExample: Loaded configuration file \"%s\".", filename);
// After changing a config value, you should invoke the callbacks:
ArConfigSection* section = config->findSection("Example Section");
if (section)
ArConfigArg* arg = section->findParam("ExampleBoolParameter");
if (arg)
if (! config->callProcessFileCallBacks(false, error, 512) )
ArLog::log(ArLog::Terse, "configExample: Error processing modified config: %s.", error);
ArLog::log(ArLog::Normal, "configExample: Successfully modified config and invoked callbacks.");
// You can save the configuration as well:
ArLog::log(ArLog::Normal, "configExample: Saving configuration...");
ArLog::log(ArLog::Terse, "configExample: Error saving configuration to file \"%s\"!", filename);
// end of program.
ArLog::log(ArLog::Normal, "configExample: end of program.");
return 0;