Lists in ConfigParser


The typical ConfigParser generated file looks like:

[Section 2]
bar2= baz

Now, is there a way to index lists like, for instance:

[Section 3]

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Answer rating: 250

Also a bit late, but maybe helpful for some. I am using a combination of ConfigParser and JSON:

fibs: [1,1,2,3,5,8,13]

just read it with:

>>> json.loads(config.get("Foo";"fibs"))
[1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13]

You can even break lines if your list is long (thanks @peter-smit):

files_to_check = [
     "/path/to/another file with space in the name"

Of course i could just use JSON, but i find config files much more readable, and the [DEFAULT] Section very handy.

Answer rating: 157

There is nothing stopping you from packing the list into a delimited string and then unpacking it once you get the string from the config. If you did it this way your config section would look like:

[Section 3]

It"s not pretty but it"s functional for most simple lists.