ConfigurationSettings - what's wrong?

Posted on 2003-11-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-16
This works:

String connString="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;";

This doesn't:

in web.config:
     <add key="connString" value="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;" /add>

in .cs:
using System.Configuration;
String connString=ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["connString"];

Error: "SQL server does not exist or access denied."

So the problem might be because IIS grabs another web.config file.
I find 1 web.config under wwwroot\projectName. Others are under C:\program Files\MS Visual Studio .NET\....
How do I know if the program is reading from another web.config?


Question by:samliam
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Expert Comment

ID: 9737850

you have made one small mistake in the configuration file.

     <add key="connString" value="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;" /add>

Replace the add tag with with & try.
<add key="connString" value="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;" />


Author Comment

ID: 9738248
Sorry that was just a type here. I had it right in my code, i.e.e "/>" at the end. didn't work.
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Expert Comment

ID: 9740540
Replace "localhost\\DBserver" with "localhost\DBserver"
In the String \\ is an escaped \
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Expert Comment

ID: 9741087
I normallu have connection strings in the following format

Server=localhost\DBserver; database=db; User Id=sa; pwd=;

I am not sure whether or not you need the escaped \ in the config file.

Author Comment

ID: 9741608
it works.
However, if the String is defined in the c# code, one '\' does not work, it has to be '\\', while in web.config, it's the other way around.

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Accepted Solution

ptmcomp earned 50 total points
ID: 9747240
You have two options in string parsing in C#:
Standard is C++ string parsing where escaped characters like <CR> and <LF> are written as \r and \n. If you want to write a backslash then you have to double it.
When you set an "@" in front of the string you switch to VB string parsing where you need to double the quotes place a single quote in the string else the string is terminated.

So you can write either:
String connString=@"localhost\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;";
String connString="localhost\\DBserver; database=db; uid=sa; password=;";

The result is the same. It depends on the string if it's easier to use the VB-style or C++-style. I prefer VB-style for filepaths.

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