Getting blank line between sections in IniFiles

I have the feeling I'm overlooking something very obvious, but here it is:

using the following snippet of code:

uses
  IniFiles;
{$R *.dfm}

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  sFile: string;
  fIni: TIniFile;
begin
  fIni := TIniFile.Create('c:\MyFile.txt');
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key', '1');
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key', '1');
end;

I get the following result in MyFile.txt:

[Sect1]
Key=1
[Sect2]
Key=1

while I really would like:

[Sect1]
Key=1

[Sect2]
Key=1

i.e: a blank line between the sections. This makes the file somewhat easier to read.

This can't be too difiicult, or is it? Thanks already for any advice,

Jm
jmvalkAsked:
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SteveWaiteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
const
  Crlf = #13#10;

fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key', '1' + Crlf);
fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key', '1' + Crlf);
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intheCommented:
hi,
your doing nothing wrong ,it the way they are wrote ,i think its easier to use a stringlist etc and savetofile than adding blank lines in ini's :)
Tinifile is just a wrapper around WritePrivateProfileString()
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intheCommented:
steve where did you find that '1'+ out !
i tried many combinations using #13#10 and couldnt get it working ,well done :)
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jmvalkAuthor Commented:
SteveWaite,

That was quick, thanks. Unfortunately, it isn't exactly what I'm looking for: Bacause if I use this setup for every write action, I'd get a blank line after every text line:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
const
 Crlf = #13#10;
var
  sFile: string;
  fIni: TIniFile;
begin
  fIni := TIniFile.Create('c:\jm.txt');
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key', '1' + Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key', '1'+ Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key2', '2'+ Crlf);
end;

gives:
[Sect1]
Key=1

[Sect2]
Key=1

Key2=2

where it should be:
[Sect1]
Key=1

[Sect2]
Key=1
Key2=2

On the other hand, this works fine:
begin
  fIni := TIniFile.Create('c:\jm.txt');
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key', '1' + Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key', '1'+ Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key2', '2');
end;

but that's because sect1 isn't the last section.

So, a work-around would be to make sure a dummy section exists as the last section at all times, and that new sections are created before it, using your Crlf-method. Strings to existing sections should then be written without the Crlf. For now, that's a bit too cumbersome, so I'll give this question a bit more time.

Thanks again,

Jm

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jmvalkAuthor Commented:
SteveWaite,

That was quick, thanks. Unfortunately, it isn't exactly what I'm looking for: Bacause if I use this setup for every write action, I'd get a blank line after every text line:

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
const
 Crlf = #13#10;
var
  sFile: string;
  fIni: TIniFile;
begin
  fIni := TIniFile.Create('c:\jm.txt');
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key', '1' + Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key', '1'+ Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key2', '2'+ Crlf);
end;

gives:
[Sect1]
Key=1

[Sect2]
Key=1

Key2=2

where it should be:
[Sect1]
Key=1

[Sect2]
Key=1
Key2=2

On the other hand, this works fine:
begin
  fIni := TIniFile.Create('c:\jm.txt');
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key', '1' + Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect2', 'Key', '1'+ Crlf);
  fIni.WriteString('Sect1', 'Key2', '2');
end;

but that's because sect1 isn't the last section.

So, a work-around would be to make sure a dummy section exists as the last section at all times, and that new sections are created before it, using your Crlf-method. Strings to existing sections should then be written without the Crlf. For now, that's a bit too cumbersome, so I'll give this question a bit more time.

Thanks again,

Jm

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SteveWaiteCommented:
It only works with .ini files because Crlf denotes the end of a line, not the last bit of your string.

Also I didn't expect you to put it in every line :)

Regards,
Steve
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DragonSlayerCommented:
This is what I use:


procedure BeautifyIni(const FName: string);
var
  SList, NewList: TStringList;
  i: Integer;
begin
  SList := TStringList.Create;
  NewList := TStringList.Create;
  try
    try
      SList.LoadFromFile(FName);
      if SList.Count > 1 then
      begin
        for i := 0 to SList.Count - 1 do
        begin
          if (Length(SList[i]) > 1) and (SList[i][1] = '[') and (i > 0)
            and (Trim(SList[i - 1]) <> '') then
            NewList.Add('');
          NewList.Add(SList[i]);
        end;
        NewList.SaveToFile(FName);
      end;
    except
    end;
  finally
    SList.Free;
  end;
end;
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jmvalkAuthor Commented:
DragonSlayer,

your solution works, but it would mean that after every write action I will have to tell my program to loop completely through the file.

Apparently, there is no simple one-liner or property to tell TIniFile to keep an empty line between sections, so some programming has to be done. SteveWaite's suggestion lead me to the following:

Given a command to write info to section X, first check whether the section exists. If so, simply write the info. If not check whether any sections exist, if not, simply write the info.
If, however, the section does not yet exist, but others do, read the last key/value pair from the last section and write the info back to the file, but with an added CR/LF.
After that, simply write the info.

I've tested it and it works nicely, with only a limited amount of code.

Like I said, it was SteveWaite's suggestion that got me going, I will award the points to him. Thanks are for all of you, though.

Jm
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