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Initialisation file. A text editable file that contains sections and keyword value pairs.

Each section within an ini file is denoted by a heading with the section name enclosed in square brackets, e.g.:


With in each section there are parameter value pairs, e.g.:


Typically lines starting with a semicolon in a .ini file are treated as comment lines and ignored by any application that reads the .ini file.

INI files are normally used to hold configuration information used by an application. On the Windows platform they have largely been replaced by the use of the windows registry, but are still used by many modern applications and are far from obsolete.

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