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Title: plistlib: add plst resource functionality, fix bugs
Type: Stage:
Components: macOS Versions: Python 2.4
Status: closed Resolution: accepted
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: jvr Nosy List: bob.ippolito, jvr
Priority: normal Keywords: patch

Created on 2004-10-22 18:55 by bob.ippolito, last changed 2022-04-11 14:56 by admin. This issue is now closed.

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plistlib-1.patch bob.ippolito, 2004-10-22 19:40 updated plistlib patch
Messages (8)
msg47114 - (view) Author: Bob Ippolito (bob.ippolito) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-10-22 18:55
- added plistlib.readPlistFromResource and 
- changed aliasing of builtin (file -> fileobj)
- made float use the correct accuracy (str -> repr)
- fixed date parsing (current version requires PyXML, and it was 
wrong even then.. fixed to use stdlib and correct semantics)
- changed internal representation of dates to datetime.datetime 
instead of float timestamp

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msg47115 - (view) Author: Bob Ippolito (bob.ippolito) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-10-22 19:40
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Fixed patch, original patch didn't update __all__ list.  svn trunk copy is 
up to date.
msg47116 - (view) Author: Just van Rossum (jvr) * (Python triager) Date: 2004-10-25 13:40
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Ironically, I only have doubts about the original incentive of this 
patch: the resource additions. Given the obsolescence of 
resources and the otherwise platform neutralness of 
(regardless of its place in the std lib...), wouldn't it be better to 
place the resource functions in app-specific code? I didn't follow 
the original thread, so I'm not sure what code needs this 
msg47117 - (view) Author: Bob Ippolito (bob.ippolito) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-10-25 13:44
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The thread was about acquiring the version of an application.  It turns 
out that some applications are stupid and have an out of date plst 
resource and that 'vers' is sometimes more reliable, but that is besides 
the point..

(a) the resource code is written in such a way that the rest of the module 
remains cross-platform and can be imported just fine.

(b) plists are perfectly valid (and practically required) as a plst resource 
for OS X capable CFM Carbon apps, they're not gone yet.
msg47118 - (view) Author: Bob Ippolito (bob.ippolito) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-10-25 13:46
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Oh, and the rest of the changes need to go in regardless of whether you 
think resources are a good idea.. especially the date fixes.
msg47119 - (view) Author: Just van Rossum (jvr) * (Python triager) Date: 2004-10-25 13:58
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Other changes: abolutely, they're much appreciated and will go 
in for sure.

I'm aware of your other points, too. However, I'm not convinced is the right place to implement resource support. So to 
rephrase my question: what code out there needs (or will need) 
this functionality and is there any reason it can't incorporate the 
resource functions themselves?
msg47120 - (view) Author: Bob Ippolito (bob.ippolito) * (Python committer) Date: 2004-10-25 14:11
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The plst resource has a well defined place an application, why shouldn't 
plistlib know about it?  If you want to put it somewhere else in plat-mac, 
that's fine with me, but it certainly should live in there somewhere.

The reason that it should go in the standard library is because the 
resource API sucks, so most people don't understand how to use it.  
Having a straightforward path to the plst resource not only gets some 
users what they need, but it also serves as reasonable and modern 
example code if they need to read or write some other kind of resource.
msg47121 - (view) Author: Just van Rossum (jvr) * (Python triager) Date: 2004-10-25 15:54
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Ok, I give in. Jack also want this, so it goes in. Went actually: it's 
in rev 1.7 of (with some cosmetic changes)
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:56:07adminsetgithub: 41064
2004-10-22 18:55:18bob.ippolitocreate