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Config::Model::Itself - Model editor for Config::Model


version 2.003


 # Itself constructor returns an object to read or write the data
 # structure containing the model to be edited
 my $meta_model = Config::Model::Itself -> new( ) ;

 # now load the model to be edited
 $meta_model -> read_all( ) ;

 # For Curses UI prepare a call-back to write model
 my $wr_back = sub { $meta_model->write_all(); }

 # create Curses user interface
 my $dialog = Config::Model::CursesUI-> new (
      store => $wr_back,
 ) ;

 # start Curses dialog to edit the mode
 $dialog->start( $meta_model->config_root )  ;

 # that's it. When user quits curses interface, Curses will call
 # $wr_back sub ref to write the modified model.


Config::Itself module and its model files provide a model of Config:Model (hence the Itself name).

Let's step back a little to explain. Any configuration data is, in essence, structured data. This data could be stored in an XML file. A configuration model is a way to describe the structure and relation of all items of a configuration data set.

This configuration model is also expressed as structured data. This structure data is structured and follow a set of rules which are described for humans in Config::Model.

The structure and rules documented in Config::Model are also expressed in a model in the files provided with Config::Model::Itself.

Hence the possibity to verify, modify configuration data provided by Config::Model can also be applied on configuration models. Using the same user interface.

From a Perl point of view, Config::Model::Itself provides a class dedicated to read and write a set of model files.

Constructor ^

new ( [ cm_lib_dir => ... ] )

Creates a new read/write handler. If no model_object is passed, the required objects are created. cm_lib_dir specifies where are the model files (defaults to ./lib/Config/Model.

cm_lib_dir is either a Path::Tiny object or a string.

By default, this constructor will create all necessary Config::Model* objects. If needed, you can pass already created object with options config_model (Config::Model object), meta_instance (Config::Model::Instance object) or meta_root (Config::Model::Node object).


read_all ( [ root_model => ... ], [ force_load => 1 ] ) ^

Load all the model files contained in model_dir and all its subdirectories. root_model is used to filter the classes read.

Use force_load if you are trying to load a model containing errors.

read_all returns a hash ref containing ( class_name => file_name , ...)


Will write back configuration model in the specified directory. The structure of the read directory is respected.

write_model_snippet( snippet_dir => foo, model_file => )

Write snippet models in separate .d directory. E.g. a snippet for class Foo::Bar will be written in Foo/Bar.d/ file. This file is to be used by augment_config_class '...', class_data )">

read_model_snippet( snippet_dir => foo, model_file => )

To read model snippets, this methid will search recursively $snippet_dir and load all files found in there.


Returns a string listing all the class and elements. Useful for debugging your configuration model.


Returns a graphviz dot file that represents the structure of the configuration model:


Config::Model, Config::Model::Node, Path::Tiny


Dominique Dumont


This software is Copyright (c) 2016 by Dominique Dumont.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 2.1, February 1999
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