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[SR-6270] Accessing _kvcKeyPathString #4494

swift-ci opened this issue Nov 1, 2017 · 0 comments

[SR-6270] Accessing _kvcKeyPathString #4494

swift-ci opened this issue Nov 1, 2017 · 0 comments


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@swift-ci swift-ci commented Nov 1, 2017

Previous ID SR-6270
Radar None
Original Reporter kzaher (JIRA User)
Type Improvement
Status Resolved
Resolution Duplicate
Additional Detail from JIRA
Votes 0
Component/s Compiler, Foundation, Standard Library
Labels Improvement
Assignee None
Priority Medium

md5: 9c156f0c4bf4914f863ddc77c53f9ce9


  • SR-5220 Expose API to retrieve string representation of KeyPath

Issue Description:


I've created a KVO wrapper in past that uses string based key path. Swift 4.0 introduces `KeyPath` class that provides a lot more type safety when working with key paths.

I can't seem to find any normal public API that exposes string keypath from KeyPath object.

The only API I could find is this `_kvcKeyPathString` weird looking property. It's underscored (so if I understand this correctly, even though it's public, it's intended for private use only) and doesn't contain any comments.

  • Is there some official public API that provides me with string keypath that is compatible with this objc API
  • (void)addObserver:(NSObject *)observer forKeyPath:(NSString *)keyPath options:(NSKeyValueObservingOptions)options context:(nullable void *)context;
  • Can I count on `_kvcKeyPathString` being backwards compatible when using Swift 4.x versions?

  • Is `_kvcKeyPathString` guaranteed to always return a value when working with objc classes only?

  • Is some new API being planned that exposes this functionality?

  • Why is the proper interpretation of `_`?

@swift-ci swift-ci transferred this issue from apple/swift-issues Apr 25, 2022
@shahmishal shahmishal transferred this issue from apple/swift May 5, 2022
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