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I’d need to have a mean to unarchive an object using another class when initial class is not available. + [NSObject classFallbacksForKeyedArchiver] seems to be the solution, but it does not work for me.

Here is a sample code

Project Archive create.


#import <Foundation/Foundation.h> #include “Create.h”

int main (int argc, const char * argv[]) { NSAutoreleasePool * pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init]; Create * obj = Create alloc] init]; [obj setStringValue:@”Hello World”]; [[[NSKeyedArchiver archiveRootObject:obj toFile:@”/tmp/test”]; [pool release]; return 0; }


#import <Cocoa/Cocoa.h>

@interface Create : NSObject { NSString * stringValue; }



#import “Create.h”

@implementation Create

#pragma mark - #pragma mark archiving

Project Archvive Restore


#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

int main (int argc, const char * argv[]) { NSAutoreleasePool * pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init];

// insert code here...
id restore = [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithFile:@"/tmp/test"];
NSLog([restore stringValue]);
[pool release];
return 0; }


#import <Cocoa/Cocoa.h>

@interface Restore : NSObject { NSString * stringValue; }



#import “Restore.h”

@implementation Restore

#pragma mark - #pragma mark archiving

I finaly used:

But i’m still wondering why previous method didn’t work

Just to ask a stupid question, are you using Tiger?

Available in Mac OS X v10.4 and later.

Yes. This is for a Tiger and up only Application. —- You didn’t say how it doesn’t work. classFallbacksForKeyedArchiver is called durring encoding, and the information is stored in the archive. The information will only be used at decode time if your class, create, doesn’t exist.

Note that NSKeyedUnarchiver can have a delegate. The delegate can implement - (Class) unarchiver:(NSKeyedUnarchiver) unarchiver cannotDecodeObjectOfClassName:(NSString) name originalClasses:(NSArray*) classNames

This allows you to substitute one class for another during unarchiving. For example it comes in handy if you change the name of a class but have old files containing the old name. GrahamCox.