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How to provide a custom configuration

There are several valid reasons why the configuration specified in metaborg.yaml should be overridden or completely ignored. This quick how-to will show the high-level steps to provide a custom configuration in code for a Spoofax 2 project.

Override read() method

To specify your own configuration reader, extend the AConfigurationReaderWriter class. The createNew() method should create a new empty configuration, whereas the read() method reads a configuration from a file in the specified rootFolder. The latter we can override to provide our own custom configuration:

public HierarchicalConfiguration<ImmutableNode> read(Reader reader, @Nullable FileObject rootFolder)
      throws IOException, ConfigurationException {
    final HierarchicalConfiguration<ImmutableNode> config = new BaseHierarchicalConfiguration();
    String folderName = path.getFilename().getBaseName();
    LanguageVersion version = new LanguageVersion(0, 1, 0, "-SNAPSHOT");

    // Basic properties
    config.setProperty("name", "MyProject");
    config.setProperty("id", new LanguageIdentifier("org.metaborg", folderName, version));

    // Contributions
    config.setProperty("contributions(0).name", "mylang");
    config.setProperty("contributions(0).id", new LanguageIdentifier("org.metaborg", "mylang", version));

    // Stratego
    config.setProperty("language.stratego.format", "jar");

    // SDF
    config.setProperty("language.sdf.enabled", true);
    config.setProperty("language.sdf.sdf2table", "java");

    return config;

Override Module

Spoofax 2 uses the Guice dependency injection framework. To use the new configuration reader, override the MetaborgModule class bindConfigMisc() method:

protected void bindConfigMisc() {

Last update: 2023-03-07