Configuration File

Posted on 2004-08-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-23

I am about to start work on an application that maybe deployed in a terminal services environment. Currently I use the registry to store the settings for each system user. I have read a few books on .NET that seem to steer away from the registry. The one problem I can see with a configuration file is that all the users settings are grouped together in a single file, this may be a good thing. I guess what I am asking is, is it down to personal preference or is there a documented right way and wrong way. Also I normally store the SQL Server name and login details in the same area, is this standard practice?

Question by:rocky050371
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jzwaenepoel earned 375 total points
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The configuration file is good place to store read-only settings, so it is not the correct place to store user-configurable settings.

The config-file can be used for setiings that are not to be modified by the end-user, but maybe by an administrator.  For example a database connection string (watch out with passwords) or trace-level-settings, etcetera.

User configurable settings should be stored in a file in the Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.LocalApplicationData) folder or a subfolder.
I usually use an INI-file or an XML-file for these settings

Hope this helps,



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ID: 11819544
Thank you, that does help. I take it you install the config file to the app path. Also I seem to remember that there is a built in configuration file utility, but can't think where. Any ideas?

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The config file goes in the app path (and has the same name as the exe-file with ".config" appended).

I do not know about a built-in configuration file utility.

All I know is that if you add an app.config file to your project, then it is copied to the the bin-folder with every build and gets its correct name automatically.  You have to edit the XML file manually.  In the IDE, you can open the config-file and then click select "XML" or "Data" (left-lower corner of the screen).  Maybe the "data"-view is what you remember as the built-in configuration utility?  


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