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|0000251||All Inform front-end applications||[IDEs] Installation and Platform Issues||public||2010-08-16 07:11||2015-05-10 17:47|
|Platform||x86||OS||Mac OS X||OS Version||10.6|
|Target Version||Fixed in Version||6G60|
|Summary||0000251: Settings.plist lossily modified between OS X and Windows IDE|
|Description||Settings.plist gets immediately modified (possibly replaced - see the change in the doctype declaration) on project open, not respecting existing keys, apparently by both the OS X and the Windows I7 GUIs. |
This makes sharing the entire .inform via source control more difficult than needed, since simply opening the file causes a change; not including the settings.plist in source control is problematic because of the need for certain actual preferences such as the z-code version to compile to.
Applications should ideally respect the existing settings file, adding new keys but not removing unknown keys.
|Additional Information||Diff of an example glulx project between OS X (a) and Windows (b):|
diff a/Example.inform/Settings.plist b/Example.inform/Settings.plist
@@ -1,26 +1,19 @@
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
-<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> [^]
+<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> [^]
@@ -28,7 +21,5 @@
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Confirmed, in part.
For me, both IDEs use the document type -//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN, the same string used in the plist documentation at http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man5/plist.5.html. [^]
Similarly, I cannot get the Mac OS IDE to remove a key from the plist.
I can, however, get the Windows IDE to delete keys by opening the project, clicking ``Go!,'' and closing the editor.
One caveat: From what I know, the IDEs keep this data in RAM, not on disk, while the project is open. As a consequence, if you update the plist from version control while the IDE is editing the story, overwrites are to be expected.
|I've changed the Windows front-end to use all the same keys as the OSX front-end, and also to only actually write a new settings file if the old one has changed.|
|Is that sufficient to mark this resolved? Are there any similar issues with the Linux IDE?|
My only question regarding the fix is "is it future-proof?" (That is, will the current Windows front-end maintain unknown keys that the Mac front-end might add in the future?) Other than that, it sounds like a sufficient solution to resolve it as I have presented it.
I have no experience with the linux IDE, but I can set up an environment to do a test there if need be.
|The Windows front-end won't maintain unknown keys: I'd rather ensure that there are no unknown keys. I think this is as done on Windows as it's going to get: I'll re-assign to Philip so he can check on Linux.|
|The Linux IDE maintains unknown keys, as of the upcoming version. It might shuffle the order around when writing them back out to a file though, compared to how the other platforms do it. We should probably standardize this too, to assist in collaborating via source control. Right now, my code writes entries in <dict> elements in alphabetical order of the keys.|
|Any thoughts on standardizing this, or should I close it?|
|I think that the OSX front-end relies on OSX library code to write out the file, so specifying the order of entries might be difficult there. I think that given the work done, we can close this one.|
|Closing all resolved issues from 2014 and earlier.|
|2010-08-16 07:11||vimes||New Issue|
|2010-08-16 14:44||jmcgrew||Status||new => acknowledged|
|2010-08-17 16:40||EmacsUser||Note Added: 0000397|
|2010-08-17 16:40||EmacsUser||Status||acknowledged => confirmed|
|2010-09-03 14:27||graham||Assigned To||=> DavidK|
|2010-09-03 14:27||graham||Status||confirmed => assigned|
|2010-12-11 09:32||DavidK||Note Added: 0000896|
|2010-12-11 09:32||DavidK||Assigned To||DavidK =>|
|2010-12-11 18:47||jmcgrew||Note Added: 0000897|
|2010-12-11 18:47||jmcgrew||Status||assigned => feedback|
|2010-12-12 07:44||vimes||Note Added: 0000899|
|2010-12-12 07:44||vimes||Status||feedback => new|
|2010-12-13 19:55||jmcgrew||Assigned To||=> DavidK|
|2010-12-13 19:55||jmcgrew||Status||new => assigned|
|2010-12-15 01:40||DavidK||Note Added: 0000902|
|2010-12-15 01:40||DavidK||Assigned To||DavidK => pchimento|
|2010-12-15 02:46||pchimento||Note Added: 0000903|
|2011-01-06 08:42||pchimento||Note Added: 0000944|
|2011-01-10 08:35||DavidK||Note Added: 0000959|
|2011-02-25 04:18||pchimento||Status||assigned => resolved|
|2011-02-25 04:18||pchimento||Fixed in Version||=> 6G60|
|2011-02-25 04:18||pchimento||Resolution||open => fixed|
|2015-05-10 17:47||jmcgrew||Note Added: 0003755|
|2015-05-10 17:47||jmcgrew||Status||resolved => closed|
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