lcdproc-config(5)                LCDproc suite               lcdproc-config(5)

       lcdproc-config - format of LCDproc's configuration files

       The syntax for LCDproc's configuration files is INI-file style.

       They are 8-bit text files divided into sections, each containing zero
       or more key-value pairs.  Sections are introduced by section labels
       which start with '[' and end with ']', and key-value pairs consist of a
       key name, a '=' sign and a value each.

       Key names are sequences of non-space characters, not starting with '['
       and not containing '=' or '\n', while values are shell like strings.
       I.e. they are either simple sequences of non-space characters, or
       double quoted-strings with C-style syntax (except the missing support
       for '\NNN' and '\xNN' escape sequences) or or a mix of both of these

       Section labels and key names are case-insensitive and may occur more
       than once.  Keys of duplicate sections will be merged into one section,
       while the values of duplicate keys in a section will be appended to
       form an array of values for this key.  (In the program, all values of a
       key can be retrieved individually)

       Spaces around section labels, keys, and values are ignored.  Lines
       starting with ';' or '#' are considered comments and ignored too.

       While all of the above is quite common to almost all INI-file
       implementations, there are a few special features that make LCDproc's
       config files special:

       *      Section labels may contain any character except ']', '\n' or
              '\0'.  However, all characters are interpreted literally (i.e.
              neither quoting, nor escaping done).

       *      Key names may contain any non-space character except '\n' or
              '\0'.  However, all characters are interpreted literally (i.e.
              neither quoting, nor escaping done).

       *      Comments are allowed after section labels and key value pairs

       *      Values may be a mix of quoted and unquoted strings similar as
              strings are interpreted in the shell.  E.g. the value 'string"
              with "blanks"\t!"' will be parsed as 'string with blanks<TAB>!'
              where <TAB> stands for the TAB character.

       In case of a a parsing error the rest of the line is ignored and
       parsing continues with the next line.

       Here is fully working example of an LCDd.conf (formatted somewhat
       strange to show the features):
       # the server section
       Driver="my Curses Driver"
       WaitTime= "5"

       # assign keys to special functions #
       ToggleRotateKey = Enter
       PrevScreenKey = Left
       NextScreenKey = Right
       # ScrollUpKey = Up

       #  menu section: define keys to use in the server menu #
       MenuKey = Escape    # ESC switches to server menu
       EnterKey =Enter
       UpKey= Up
        LeftKey= "Left"
        RightKey = "Right"

       # configuration of the curses driver #
       [my curses Driver]  # yes I use the curse driver
       File= ""
       Size="20"x"4"       # LCD screen dimensions
       TopLeftX=7          # screen position: X coordinate
       TopLeftY=7          # screen position: Y coordinate
       Foreground=blue          # foreground color
       Background=cyan          # background color when backight is off
       Backlight=red       # background color when backight is on

       These are the default config files for the various parts of the LCDproc

              configuration of the LCDd server daemon

              configuration of the lcdproc system monitoring client

              configuration of the lcdexec the program starter client

              configuration of the lcdvc virtual console client

       LCDd(8), lcdproc(1), lcdexec(1)

       This manual page has been written by Peter Marschall <>

LCDproc                        18 September 2006             lcdproc-config(5)