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From "Oliver Heger (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (CONFIGURATION-401) HierarchicalConfiguration does not support hierarchy from property files
Date Tue, 10 Nov 2009 19:25:28 GMT

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Oliver Heger commented on CONFIGURATION-401:
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In your special example the {{PropertiesConfiguration}} contains 3 keys: _persons.person.name_,
_persons.person.surName_, and _persons.person.phoneNum_. Each key is associated with a list
of values. In this concrete case it is possible to convert this data into a hierarchical structure.

But as soon as the structure becomes slightly more complex, you are lost. Consider the example
where persons are organized in groups, and you have properties like

{code}
persons.group.name=admins
persons.person.name=x
persons.person.name=y

persons.group.name=users
persons.person.name=z
{code}

Here you have two groups and three persons, but after the properties are read into a {{PropertiesConfiguration}}
how do you know which persons belong to which group?

You try to extract structure from a format that is simply not provided.

> HierarchicalConfiguration does not support hierarchy  from property files
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: CONFIGURATION-401
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CONFIGURATION-401
>             Project: Commons Configuration
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Expression engine
>    Affects Versions: 1.6
>         Environment: windows/Linux
>            Reporter: yair ogen
>
> If you have hierarchy like this:
> persons.person.name=1
> persons.person.surName=2
> persons.person.phoneNum=3
> persons.person.name=4
> persons.person.surName=5
> persons.person.phoneNum=6
> persons.person.name=7
> persons.person.surName=8
> persons.person.phoneNum=9
> If I have a regular property configuration that loaded a file containing in the above.
then I transform into HierarchicalConfiguration  using: ConfigurationUtils.convertToHierarchical(configuration).
> The tree is not right.
> I can do this:
> hierarchicalConfiguration.subset("persons").subset("person(0)").getKeys()
> but this returned empty iterator:
> hierarchicalConfiguration.subset("persons").subset("person(1)").getKeys()
> Only the first person is available.

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