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Parse a .conf or similar file with different command line "switches" on each line.

Johnjces asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I am a terrible parser! I have great difficulty and after many lines of redundant delete() and copy() and Pos() functions later I sort of have something sort of working but there must be a  cleaner/better simpler way.

I have a .conf or a .cfg file that I need to parse. Each line in this file is a command line. At a minimum the path and name of another file/executable is needed then various switches which can be in any order. EXxample;

C:\MyWork\MyExecutable.exe                                                { Minimum item required }
C:\Delphi\MyThingy.exe -a c:\readme.txt                               { -a switch then the item follows }
C:\Programs\Stuff\Program.exe -s normal -a c:\readme.txt   { Added -s switch which could be before or after the -a switch and item }

Of course other switches could be added as needed.

The first part of the line must be the executable then the switches (-a, -s, -q and etc.)  that tell me what follows and such can be in any order.

Can anyone point me in the right direction, component or code?

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