NSCachedURLResponse / NSKeyedUnarchiver pain

as the iPhone SDK comes with a rather dysfunctional NSURLCache — Apple suggests to implement it from scratch yourself in the code examples about caching — I went for just this.

Until I came across the [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithData:...] not restoring userInfo, storagePolicy and data of NSCachedURLResponse.

Couldn’t believe it and spent almost the whole day verifying that the error is not within my code but really the unarchiver treats those fields transient.

See yourself:

//  prepare a NSCachedURLResponse
    NSCachedURLResponse *src = nil;
        NSURL *i_url = [NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.url.example/path/file.html"];
        NSString *i_mime = @"text/html";
        NSInteger expectedContentLength = 112;
        NSString *i_encoding = @"iso-8859-2";
        NSURLResponse *i_response = [[NSURLResponse alloc] initWithURL:i_url
        NSData *i_data = [@"Hello, world!" dataUsingEncoding:NSISOLatin2StringEncoding];
        NSURLCacheStoragePolicy i_storage =  NSURLCacheStorageAllowed;
        NSDictionary *i_userInfo = [NSDictionary dictionaryWithObject:
        [NSDate dateWithTimeIntervalSince1970:13] forKey:@"era"];
        NSCachedURLResponse *src = [[NSCachedURLResponse alloc] initWithResponse:i_response
//      ensure it's all in place:
        STAssertEqualObjects(i_url, src.response.URL, @"");
        STAssertEqualObjects(i_mime, src.response.MIMEType, @"");
        STAssertEquals((int)expectedContentLength, (int)src.response.expectedContentLength, @"");
        STAssertEqualObjects(@"file.html", src.response.suggestedFilename, @"");
        STAssertEqualObjects(i_encoding, src.response.textEncodingName, @"");
        STAssertEqualObjects(i_data, src.data, @"");
        STAssertEqualObjects(i_userInfo, src.userInfo, @"");
        STAssertEquals( 0u, src.storagePolicy, @"");
//  archive + unarchive:
    NSCachedURLResponse *dst = [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithData:
      [NSKeyedArchiver archivedDataWithRootObject:src]];
//  check whether src == dst
    STAssertEqualObjects(src.response.URL, dst.response.URL, @"");
    STAssertEqualObjects(src.response.MIMEType, dst.response.MIMEType, @"");
    STAssertEquals(src.response.expectedContentLength, dst.response.expectedContentLength, @"");
    STAssertEqualObjects(src.response.suggestedFilename, dst.response.suggestedFilename, @"");
    STAssertEqualObjects(src.response.textEncodingName, dst.response.textEncodingName, @"");
//  !!!!!!!!!!
//  sad information loss after unarchiving:
    STAssertNil( dst.data, @"" );
    STAssertNil( dst.userInfo, @"" );
    STAssertEquals( 2u , dst.storagePolicy, @"" );

When my NSURLCache replacement is ready I think about publishing it a github — interested anyone?

Comments 1

  1. Darrarski wrote:

    I have just experienced this issue, it’s very frustrating. Did you manage to accomplish some workaround?

    Posted 07 Nov 2014 at 2:36 am

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