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Posted: 16 November 2021 at 3:41pm | IP Logged Quote tigertech

In some cases, a config.json file appears in two places -- in "modules/*/config.json" and again in "data/settings/modules/*.config.json".

The contents are usually almost the same, but not quite -- for example, in version 9.2, "modules/MailWebclient/config.json" contains:

Code:

        "AllowSearchMessagesBySubject": [
                false,


... but "data/settings/modules/MailWebclient.config.json" contains:

Code:

    "AllowSearchMessagesBySubject": [
        true,


Is that intentional, and if so, under what circumstances are the two different files used?

(I noticed this because I have a system that modified "modules/MailWebclient/config.json" in versions before 8.6, but the changes stopped working in version 8.6 when the second file appeared. It seems now I have to put the changes in "data/settings/modules/MailWebclient.config.json".)
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Posted: 16 November 2021 at 10:42pm | IP Logged Quote Igor

Configuration files under modules/ contain default configuration settings. It's recommended to make changes only to files under data/modules/ directory. Configuration files under modules/ are only used if there's no file found under data/modules/ directory.

The purpose of "Update configuration" button in Database Settings screen of adminpanel is to create configuration files under data/modules/ directory for all the modules, that's something that needs to be done after a fresh install or when upgrading from a previous version - for example, if a new module is introduced in the new version.

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Posted: 17 November 2021 at 8:48am | IP Logged Quote tigertech

Thanks, that makes sense.

I guess I was mostly confused about why the two files have different settings between the modules and data versions in the initial "webmail-pro-php.zip" distribution of the files, but some of the settings in the modules version were never used.

When I deleted the data version as a test and clicked "Update configuration", a new version of the file was created (as I expected) -- but with different settings than what looked like the "default" settings in the modules version.

Now that I look closer at how the code works, I see that when I click "Update configuration", it copies the modules version to data if it doesn't exist, but only after first altering the file by making changes seen in pre-config.json.

I'm not sure why that extra step is there instead of having the desired defaults in the original modules version, but anyway, that explains it, and my question is answered. Thanks!
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Posted: 17 November 2021 at 11:19am | IP Logged Quote Igor

Oh that's right, I forgot to mention pre-config.json file. The reason for that file is, config.json values in the file are stored in repository of the particular module, but when building the product, we need a more fine-grained control over the default values, that's why pre-config.json is introduced - changing defaults in the module itself isn't really feasible as the same module is reused by multiple products and the behavior may differ between those.

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