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#63: * Fix filter rule editor not working on 10.6 (caused by Apple’s …

…abysmally vague documentation on NSRuleEditor)

* Also fix filter dropdown not updating after filter definitions have been changed
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dmoagx committed May 19, 2018
1 parent 38b9659 commit c42e19a96ebd8dbc15eeb4f15029812691cde9b4
Showing with 165 additions and 18 deletions.
  1. +2 −0 Source/SPRuleFilterController.h
  2. +163 −18 Source/SPRuleFilterController.m
@@ -57,6 +57,8 @@ NSString * const SPRuleFilterHeightChangedNotification;
SEL action;
BOOL enabled;
NSUInteger opNodeCacheVersion;
@@ -120,10 +120,12 @@ @interface ColumnNode : RuleNode {
NSString *name;
NSString *typegrouping;
NSArray *operatorCache;
NSUInteger opCacheVersion;
@property(copy, nonatomic) NSString *name;
@property(copy, nonatomic) NSString *typegrouping;
@property(retain, nonatomic) NSArray *operatorCache;
@property(assign, nonatomic) NSUInteger opCacheVersion;
@interface StringNode : RuleNode {
@@ -221,6 +223,10 @@ - (BOOL)_focusOnFieldInSubtree:(NSDictionary *)dict;
- (void)_resize;
- (void)openContentFilterManagerForFilterType:(NSString *)filterType;
- (IBAction)filterTable:(id)sender;
- (IBAction)_menuItemInRuleEditorClicked:(id)sender;
- (void)_pretendPlayRuleEditorForCriteria:(NSMutableArray *)criteria displayValues:(NSMutableArray *)displayValues inRow:(NSInteger)row;
- (void)_ensureValidOperatorCache:(ColumnNode *)col;
static BOOL _arrayContainsInViewHierarchy(NSArray *haystack, id needle);
@@ -238,6 +244,7 @@ - (instancetype)init
preferredHeight = 0.0;
target = nil;
action = NULL;
opNodeCacheVersion = 1;
// Init default filters for Content Browser
contentFilters = [[NSMutableDictionary alloc] init];
@@ -357,10 +364,7 @@ - (NSInteger)ruleEditor:(NSRuleEditor *)editor numberOfChildrenForCriterion:(nul
RuleNodeType type = [(RuleNode *)criterion type];
if(type == RuleNodeTypeColumn) {
ColumnNode *node = (ColumnNode *)criterion;
if(![node operatorCache]) {
NSArray *ops = [self _compareTypesForColumn:node];
[node setOperatorCache:ops];
[self _ensureValidOperatorCache:node];
return [[node operatorCache] count];
// the first child of an operator is the first argument (if it has one)
@@ -454,23 +458,29 @@ - (id)ruleEditor:(NSRuleEditor *)editor displayValueForCriterion:(id)criterion i
item = [NSMenuItem separatorItem];
else {
/* NOTE:
* Apple's doc on NSRuleEditor says that returning NSMenuItems is supported.
* However there seems to be a major discrepancy between what Apple considers "supported" and what any
* sane person would consider supported.
* Basically one would expect NSMenuItems to be handled in the same way a number of NSString children of a
* row's element will be handled, but that was not Apples intention. By supported they actually mean
* "Your app won't crash immediately if you return an NSMenuItem here" - but that's about it.
* Even selecting such an NSMenuItem will already cause an exception on 10.6 and be treated as a NOOP on
* later OSes.
* So if we return NSMenuItems we have to implement the full logic of the NSRuleEditor for updating and
* displaying the row ourselves, starting with handling the target/action of the NSMenuItems!
item = [[NSMenuItem alloc] initWithTitle:[[node settings] objectForKey:@"title"] action:NULL keyEquivalent:@""];
[item setToolTip:[[node settings] objectForKey:@"tooltip"]];
[item setTag:[[[node settings] objectForKey:@"tag"] integerValue]];
//TODO the following seems to be mentioned exactly nowhere on the internet/in documentation, but without it NSMenuItems won't work properly, even though Apple says they are supported
[item setRepresentedObject:@{
@"item": node,
@"value": [item title],
@"node": node,
// this one is needed by the "Edit filters…" item for context
@"filterType": SPBoxNil([[node settings] objectForKey:@"filterType"]),
// override the default action from the rule editor if given (used to open the edit content filters sheet)
id _target = [[node settings] objectForKey:@"target"];
SEL _action = (SEL)[(NSValue *)[[node settings] objectForKey:@"action"] pointerValue];
if(_target && _action) {
[item setTarget:_target];
[item setAction:_action];
[item setTarget:self];
[item setAction:@selector(_menuItemInRuleEditorClicked:)];
[item autorelease];
return item;
@@ -512,6 +522,131 @@ - (IBAction)_textFieldAction:(id)sender
- (IBAction)_menuItemInRuleEditorClicked:(id)sender
if(!sender) return; // NSRuleEditor will throw on nil
NSInteger row = [filterRuleEditor rowForDisplayValue:sender];
if(row == NSNotFound) return; // unknown display values
OpNode *node = [[(NSMenuItem *)sender representedObject] objectForKey:@"node"];
// if the row has an explicit handler, pass on the action and do nothing
id _target = [[node settings] objectForKey:@"target"];
SEL _action = (SEL)[(NSValue *)[[node settings] objectForKey:@"action"] pointerValue];
if(_target && _action) {
[_target performSelector:_action withObject:sender];
/* now comes the painful part, where we'd have to find out where exactly in the row this
* displayValue should appear.
* Luckily we know that this method will only be invoked by the displayValues of OpNode
* and currently OpNode can only appear as the second node in a row (after the column).
* Annoyingly we can't tell the rule editor to just replace a single element. We actually
* have to recalculate the whole row starting with the element we replaced - a task the
* rule editor would normally do for us when using NSStrings!
NSMutableArray *criteria = [[filterRuleEditor criteriaForRow:row] mutableCopy];
NSMutableArray *displayValues = [[filterRuleEditor displayValuesForRow:row] mutableCopy];
// find the position of the previous opnode (just for safety)
NSUInteger opIndex = NSNotFound;
NSUInteger i = 0;
for(RuleNode *obj in criteria) {
if([obj type] == RuleNodeTypeOperator) {
opIndex = i;
if(opIndex < [criteria count]) {
// yet another uglyness: if one of the displayValues is an input and currently the first responder
// we have to manually restore that for the new input we create for UX reasons.
// However an NSTextField is seldom a first responder, usually it's an invisible subview of the text field...
id firstResponder = [[filterRuleEditor window] firstResponder];
BOOL hasFirstResponderInRow = _arrayContainsInViewHierarchy(displayValues, firstResponder);
//remove previous opnode and everything that follows and append new opnode
NSRange stripRange = NSMakeRange(opIndex, ([criteria count] - opIndex));
[criteria removeObjectsInRange:stripRange];
[criteria addObject:node];
//remove the display value for the old op node and everything that followed
[displayValues removeObjectsInRange:stripRange];
//now we'll fill in everything again
[self _pretendPlayRuleEditorForCriteria:criteria displayValues:displayValues inRow:row];
//and update the row to its new state
[filterRuleEditor setCriteria:criteria andDisplayValues:displayValues forRowAtIndex:row];
if(hasFirstResponderInRow) {
// make the next possible object after the opnode the new next responder (since the previous one is gone now)
for (NSUInteger j = stripRange.location + 1; j < [displayValues count]; ++j) {
id obj = [displayValues objectAtIndex:j];
if([obj respondsToSelector:@selector(acceptsFirstResponder)] && [obj acceptsFirstResponder]) {
[[filterRuleEditor window] makeFirstResponder:obj];
[criteria release];
[displayValues release];
BOOL _arrayContainsInViewHierarchy(NSArray *haystack, id needle)
//first, try it the easy way
if([haystack indexOfObjectIdenticalTo:needle] != NSNotFound) return YES;
// otherwise, if needle is a view, check if it appears as a desencdant of some other view in haystack
Class NSViewClass = [NSView class];
if([needle isKindOfClass:NSViewClass]) {
for(id obj in haystack) {
if([obj isKindOfClass:NSViewClass] && [needle isDescendantOf:obj]) return YES;
return NO;
* This method recursively fills up the passed-in criteria and displayValues arrays with objects in the way the
* NSRuleEditor would, so they can be used with the -setCriteria:andDisplayValues:forRowAtIndex: call.
* Assumptions made:
* - row is a valid row within the bounds of the rule editor
* - criteria contains at least one object
* - displayValues contains exactly one less object than criteria
- (void)_pretendPlayRuleEditorForCriteria:(NSMutableArray *)criteria displayValues:(NSMutableArray *)displayValues inRow:(NSInteger)row
id curCriterion = [criteria lastObject];
//first fill in the display value for the current criterion
id display = [self ruleEditor:filterRuleEditor displayValueForCriterion:curCriterion inRow:row];
if(!display) return; // abort if unset
[displayValues addObject:display];
// now let's check if we have to go deeper
NSRuleEditorRowType rowType = [filterRuleEditor rowTypeForRow:row];
if([self ruleEditor:filterRuleEditor numberOfChildrenForCriterion:curCriterion withRowType:rowType]) {
// we only care for the first child, though
id nextCriterion = [self ruleEditor:filterRuleEditor child:0 forCriterion:curCriterion withRowType:rowType];
if(nextCriterion) {
[criteria addObject:nextCriterion];
[self _pretendPlayRuleEditorForCriteria:criteria displayValues:displayValues inRow:row];
- (IBAction)filterTable:(id)sender
if(target && action) [target performSelector:action withObject:self];
@@ -764,10 +899,21 @@ - (void)openContentFilterManagerForFilterType:(NSString *)filterType
- (void)_contentFiltersHaveBeenUpdated:(NSNotification *)notification
// invalidate our OpNode caches
//tell the rule editor to reload its criteria
[filterRuleEditor reloadCriteria];
- (void)_ensureValidOperatorCache:(ColumnNode *)col
if(![col operatorCache] || [col opCacheVersion] != opNodeCacheVersion) {
NSArray *ops = [self _compareTypesForColumn:col];
[col setOperatorCache:ops];
[col setOpCacheVersion:opNodeCacheVersion];
- (BOOL)isEmpty
return ([[_modelContainer model] count] == 0);
@@ -1059,10 +1205,7 @@ - (OpNode *)_operatorNamed:(NSString *)title forColumn:(ColumnNode *)col
if([title length]) {
// check if we have the operator cache, otherwise build it
if(![col operatorCache]) {
NSArray *ops = [self _compareTypesForColumn:col];
[col setOperatorCache:ops];
[self _ensureValidOperatorCache:col];
// try to find it in the operator cache
for(OpNode *node in [col operatorCache]) {
if([[[node filter] objectForKey:@"MenuLabel"] isEqualToString:title]) return node;
@@ -1234,11 +1377,13 @@ @implementation ColumnNode
@synthesize name = name;
@synthesize typegrouping = typegrouping;
@synthesize operatorCache = operatorCache;
@synthesize opCacheVersion = opCacheVersion;
- (instancetype)init
if((self = [super init])) {
type = RuleNodeTypeColumn;
opCacheVersion = 0;
return self;

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