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Subject: [Boost-users] [serialization] [units] class_id and class_name to describe quantity dimension in serilization archive
From: alfC (alfredo.correa_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-09-23 20:50:04

I am serializing a bunch of object that contains boost.units quantities.
Boost.Units provides serialization for quantities already.
By default, the output file looks ok but I would like to add a class name to
the object description.

Current, serializing quantity<si::length> q produces:

<q class_id="0" tracking_level="1" version="0" object_id="_0">

Which doesn't give any information about the quantity at hand, not even for
the human reading it. So, I tried to use BOOST_CLASS_EXPORT_GUID to register
a name for the serialized class, but it is ignored. Ideally I would like to
have something like this, with a class_name description for example:

<q class_id="0" class_name = "quantity_si_length" tracking_level="1"
version="0" object_id="_0">

Is something like this possible? Below is the working code:

#include <fstream>
#include <boost/serialization/export.hpp>
#include <boost/archive/text_oarchive.hpp>
#include <boost/archive/xml_oarchive.hpp>
#include <boost/units/systems/si/io.hpp>
using namespace boost::units;
BOOST_CLASS_EXPORT_GUID(quantity<si::length>, "quantity_si_length")

int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
    std::ofstream ofs("filename.xml");
    boost::archive::xml_oarchive oa(ofs);

    quantity<si::length> q = 5.*si::meter;


    return 0;

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