RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC

Mark Nutter mnutter at fore.com
Thu Sep 23 19:15:47 BST 1999

At 02:12 PM 09/22/99 -0600, Blair Murri wrote:
>There is a problem with the perl script that you wrote.  The attrib.xml 
>version contains the words from the dicionary, but the child.xml doesn't 
>(unless my mail server dropped a line).
>I don't have time to re-run your test yet, but it would be interesting to 
>see what happens when the test is fair.
Doh!  "Code in haste, debug in leisure."  Ok, here are the corrected 

$ ./make.pl
$ ls -l
total 14206
-rw-rw-r--   1 mnutter  mnutter   5811846 Sep 23 08:28 attrib.xml
-rw-rw-r--   1 mnutter  mnutter   8672170 Sep 23 08:28 child.xml
-rwxr-xr-x   1 mnutter  mnutter       999 Sep 23 08:26 make.pl
-rwxr-xr-x   1 mnutter  mnutter       976 Sep 22 13:16 make.pl~
$ gzip attrib.xml
$ gzip child.xml
$ ls -l
total 1332
-rw-rw-r--   1 mnutter  mnutter    670757 Sep 23 08:28 attrib.xml.gz
-rw-rw-r--   1 mnutter  mnutter    681080 Sep 23 08:28 child.xml.gz
-rwxr-xr-x   1 mnutter  mnutter       999 Sep 23 08:26 make.pl
-rwxr-xr-x   1 mnutter  mnutter       976 Sep 22 13:16 make.pl~

So child.xml.gz is slightly larger than attrib.xml.gz (about 1.5%, assuming 
my math isn't as bad as my coding).

Here again, for reference, is my (corrected) perl script.


open WORDS, "</usr/dict/words" or die "Couldn't open dictionary.\n";
open ATTRIB, ">attrib.xml" or die "Couldn't open attrib.xml\n";
open CHILD, ">child.xml" or die "Couldn't open child.xml\n";

@twenty_strings = qw(one two three four five six seven eight nine ten
                      eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen
                      seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty);

print ATTRIB "<attrib>\n";
print CHILD "<child>\n";

while($word = <WORDS>)
     $time = time();
     $timestr = localtime($time);
     $twenty = rand % 20;
     $twentystr = $twenty_strings[$twenty];
     print ATTRIB <<EOM;
   <word time="$time" timestr="$timestr" twenty="$twenty"
     print CHILD <<EOM;

print ATTRIB "</attrib>\n";
print CHILD "</child>\n";

close CHILD;
close ATTRIB;
close WORDS;


Mark Nutter, <mnutter at fore.com>
Internet Applications Developer
FORE Systems
Some people are atheists 'til the day they die.
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