Rule File Configuration Manager

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**	Please first read the full copyright statement in the file COPYRIGH.

The W3C Library provides this module for handling configuration files (a.k.a. rule files). Rule files can be used to initialize as much as the application desires including setting up new protocol modules etc. Also the rules file do not have to be a fil - it can be a database or any other way of storage information. This implementation is not used by the Library at all and is part of the Application interface.

This module is implemented by HTRules.c, and it is a part of the W3C Sample Code Library.

#ifndef HTRULE_H
#define HTRULE_H

#include "HTList.h"
#include "HTReq.h"
#include "HTFormat.h"

Parse a Rule File

Parsing a whole rule file is done using a converter stream. This means that a rule file can come from anywhere, even accross the network. We have defined a special content type for rule files called WWW_RULES in HTFormat and made a file suffix binding for all files ending in ".conf" in the default initialization of the file suffix bindings module.

The rule file parser comes in two variants: one that asks the user and one that doesn't. Needless to say that you have to be carefull with the latter one. You can also define HT_AUTOMATIC_RULES when compiling libwww to determine whether it is OK to parse a rule file without asking the user.

extern HTConverter HTRules, HTRules_parseAutomatically;

Parse a single line from a Rule File

This routine may be used for loading configuration information from sources other than the rule file, for example INI files for X resources. config is a string in the syntax of a rule file line.

extern BOOL HTRule_parseLine (HTList * list, const char * config);

Add a Rule to the List

This function adds a rule to the list of rules. The pattern is a 0-terminated string containing a single "*". equiv points to the equivalent string with * for the place where the text matched by * goes.

typedef struct _HTRule HTRule;

typedef enum _HTRuleOp {
} HTRuleOp;

extern BOOL HTRule_add (HTList * list, HTRuleOp op,
			const char * pattern, const char * replace);

Delete all Registered Rules

This function clears all rules registered

extern BOOL HTRule_deleteAll (HTList *list);

Global Rules

Rules are handled as list as everything else that has to do with preferences. We provide two functions for getting and setting the global rules:

extern HTList * HTRule_global(void);
extern BOOL HTRule_setGlobal (HTList * list);
extern BOOL HTRule_addGlobal (HTRuleOp op, const char * pattern, const char * replace);

Translate by rules

This function walks through the list of rules and translates the reference when matches are found. The list is traversed in order starting from the head of the list. It returns the address of the equivalent string allocated from the heap which the CALLER MUST FREE. If no translation occured, then it is a copy of the original.

extern char * HTRule_translate (HTList * list, const char * token,
				BOOL ignore_case);

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