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How to read standard (i.e. non-custom) Web.Config settings

I've seen lots of documentation on how to create and read custom
configuration settings but I'm interested in reading a standard setting
(i.e. the loginUrl attribute of the authentication/forms setting). Do I
have to resort to using straight XML reading or is there some other way to
access standard config settings?

Thanks in advance.

-Mark

Nov 17 '05 #1
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I haven't tried this, but in theory it should work.

1) Look in <configSections > portion of machine.config to find out which
section handler is used to parse the settings you are interested in.
(probably System.Web.Conf iguration.Authe nticationConfig Handler in your
example)

2) Figure out what data type is returned by that section handler (probably
available from the documentation).

3) Call System.Configur ation.Configura tionSettings.Ge tConfig() on the
section you are interested in, and cast the result to the data type you
found in step 2

4) Read the properties of the returned object to get the settings.

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I've seen lots of documentation on how to create and read custom
configuration settings but I'm interested in reading a standard setting
(i.e. the loginUrl attribute of the authentication/forms setting). Do I
have to resort to using straight XML reading or is there some other way to
access standard config settings?

Thanks in advance.

-Mark

Nov 17 '05 #2
I haven't tried this, but in theory it should work.

1) Look in <configSections > portion of machine.config to find out which
section handler is used to parse the settings you are interested in.
(probably System.Web.Conf iguration.Authe nticationConfig Handler in your
example)

2) Figure out what data type is returned by that section handler (probably
available from the documentation).

3) Call System.Configur ation.Configura tionSettings.Ge tConfig() on the
section you are interested in, and cast the result to the data type you
found in step 2

4) Read the properties of the returned object to get the settings.

"Mark Friedman" <bi******@yahoo .com> wrote in message
news:OY******** ******@TK2MSFTN GP10.phx.gbl...
I've seen lots of documentation on how to create and read custom
configuration settings but I'm interested in reading a standard setting
(i.e. the loginUrl attribute of the authentication/forms setting). Do I
have to resort to using straight XML reading or is there some other way to
access standard config settings?

Thanks in advance.

-Mark

Nov 17 '05 #3

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