Commit a5a80f1f authored by Albert Gräf's avatar Albert Gräf
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Fix #230 (issues with UTF-8 filenames in prefs data on OSX).

We use 'defaults export' rather than 'defaults read' to grab the prefs data on OSX now, which loads the prefs much faster and also properly deals with filenames containing UTF-8 characters.
parent 586f5fcc
......@@ -248,67 +248,122 @@ static void sys_donesavepreferences( void)
// prefs file that is currently the one to save to
static char current_prefs[FILENAME_MAX] = "org.puredata.pd-l2ork";
static void sys_initloadpreferences( void)
static char *sys_prefbuf;
static int sys_getpreference(const char *key, char *value, int size)
// Maximum number of bytes to be read on each iteration. Note that the buffer
// is resized in increments of BUFSZ until the entire prefs data has been
// read. For best performance, BUFSZ should be a sizeable fraction of the
// expected preference data size. The size 4096 matches PD's internal GUI
// socket size and thus should normally be enough to read the entire prefs
// data in one go.
#define BUFSZ 4096
// AG: We have to go to some lengths here since 'defaults read' doesn't
// properly deal with UTF-8 characters in the prefs data. 'defaults export'
// does the trick, however, so we use that to read the entire prefs data at
// once from a pipe, using plutil to convert the resulting data to JSON format
// which can then be translated to Pd's Unix preferences file format using
// sed. The result is stored in a character buffer for efficient access. From
// there we can retrieve the individual keys in the same fashion as on Unix. A
// welcome side effect is that loading the prefs is *much* faster now than
// with the previous method which invoked 'defaults read' on each individual
// key.
// XXXTODO: In principle, this approach should also work in reverse to import
// the data into the defaults storage in one go. Presumably this should also
// be much faster than the current implementation which invokes the shell to
// run 'defaults write' for each individual key.
static void sys_initloadpreferences(void)
char cmdbuf[256];
int nread = 0, nleft = size;
char default_prefs[FILENAME_MAX]; // default prefs embedded in the package
char embedded_prefs[FILENAME_MAX]; // overrides others for standalone app
char embedded_prefs_file[FILENAME_MAX];
char user_prefs_file[FILENAME_MAX];
char *homedir = getenv("HOME");
struct stat statbuf;
/* the 'defaults' command expects the filename without .plist at the end */
snprintf(default_prefs, FILENAME_MAX, "%s/../org.puredata.pd-l2ork.default",
snprintf(embedded_prefs, FILENAME_MAX, "%s/../org.puredata.pd-l2ork",
snprintf(embedded_prefs_file, FILENAME_MAX, "%s.plist", embedded_prefs);
snprintf(user_prefs_file, FILENAME_MAX,
"%s/Library/Preferences/org.puredata.pd-l2ork.plist", homedir);
if (stat(embedded_prefs_file, &statbuf) == 0)
snprintf(cmdbuf, FILENAME_MAX + 20,
"defaults read '%s' %s 2> /dev/null\n", embedded_prefs, key);
strncpy(current_prefs, embedded_prefs, FILENAME_MAX);
else if (stat(user_prefs_file, &statbuf) == 0)
snprintf(cmdbuf, FILENAME_MAX + 20,
"defaults read org.puredata.pd-l2ork %s 2> /dev/null\n", key);
strcpy(current_prefs, "org.puredata.pd-l2ork");
char cmdbuf[MAXPDSTRING], *buf;
FILE *fp;
size_t sz, n = 0;
int res;
// This looks complicated, but is rather straightforward. The individual
// stages of the pipe are:
// 1. defaults export: grab our defaults in XML format
// 2. plutil -convert json -r -o - -: convert to JSON
// 3. sed: a few edits remove the extra JSON bits (curly brances, string
// quotes, unwanted whitespace and character escapes)
snprintf(cmdbuf, MAXPDSTRING, "defaults export %s - | plutil -convert json -r -o - - | sed -E -e 's/[{}]//g' -e 's/^ *\"(([^\"]|\\\\.)*)\" *: *\"(([^\"]|\\\\.)*)\".*/\\1: \\3/' -e 's/\\\\(.)/\\1/g'", current_prefs);
// open the pipe
fp = popen(cmdbuf, "r");
if (!fp) {
// if opening the pipe failed for some reason, bail out now
if (sys_verbose)
error("%s: %s", current_prefs, strerror(errno));
snprintf(cmdbuf, FILENAME_MAX + 20,
"defaults read '%s' %s 2> /dev/null\n", default_prefs, key);
strcpy(current_prefs, "org.puredata.pd-l2ork");
// Initialize the buffer. Note that we have to reserve one extra byte for
// the terminating NUL character. The buf variable always points to the
// current chunk of memory to be written into.
sys_prefbuf = buf = malloc((sz = BUFSZ)+1);
while (buf && (n = fread(buf, 1, BUFSZ, fp)) > 0) {
char *newbuf;
size_t oldsz = sz;
// terminating NUL byte, to be safe
buf[n] = 0;
// if the byte count is short, then all data has been read; bail out
if (n < BUFSZ) break;
// more data may follow, enlarge the buffer in BUFSZ increments
sz += BUFSZ;
if ((newbuf = realloc(sys_prefbuf, sz+1))) {
// memory allocation succeeded, prepare the new buffer for the next read
sys_prefbuf = newbuf;
// adjust the current buffer pointer
buf = newbuf + oldsz;
} else {
// memory allocation failed, bail out
buf = NULL;
FILE *fp = popen(cmdbuf, "r");
while (nread < size)
int newread = fread(value+nread, 1, size-nread, fp);
if (newread <= 0)
nread += newread;
// close the pipe
res = pclose(fp);
if (res)
post("%s: pclose returned exit status %d", current_prefs, WEXITSTATUS(res));
// check for memory allocation errors
if (!buf) {
error("couldn't allocate memory for preferences buffer");
if (nread < 1)
// When we come here, n is the length of the last chunk we read into buf.
// Add the terminating NUL byte there.
buf[n] = 0;
if (sys_verbose)
post("success reading preferences from: %s", current_prefs);
//post("%s: read %d bytes of preferences data", current_prefs, strlen(sys_prefbuf));
static int sys_getpreference(const char *key, char *value, int size)
char searchfor[80], *where, *whereend;
if (!sys_prefbuf)
return (0);
if (nread >= size)
nread = size-1;
value[nread] = 0;
if (value[nread-1] == '\n') /* remove newline character at end */
value[nread-1] = 0;
sprintf(searchfor, "\n%s:", key);
where = strstr(sys_prefbuf, searchfor);
if (!where)
return (0);
where += strlen(searchfor);
while (*where == ' ' || *where == '\t')
for (whereend = where; *whereend && *whereend != '\n'; whereend++)
if (*whereend == '\n')
if (whereend > where + size - 1)
whereend = where + size - 1;
strncpy(value, where, whereend+1-where);
value[whereend+1-where] = 0;
return (1);
static void sys_doneloadpreferences( void)
if (sys_prefbuf)
sys_prefbuf = NULL;
static void sys_initsavepreferences( void)
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