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    • CommentAuthorlukasc
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2018

    I want to read an XML file and convert it to a dict.

    The first method works fine in OSX / Linux, but in Windows we are missing a module...

    So I tried with Qt. The following doesn't work, and I don't know why.

     filepath = "klayout_Layers_EBeam.lyp"
     #  file=open(filepath,'r')
     #  file.close()
     qfile = QFile(filepath)
     error_handler = QXmlErrorHandler()
     # = a
     #  reader = QXmlReader()  # error: Abstract method called...
     reader = QXmlSimpleReader()
     # Error: Ambiguous overload variants - multiple method declarations match arguments in QXmlSimpleReader.parse

    thank you Lukas

    • CommentAuthorMatthias
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2018

    Hi Lukas,

    thanks for reporting this issue. There are actually too many overloads of "parse" - I'll remove one (

    Best regards,


    • CommentAuthorMatthias
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2018

    Hi Lukas,

    I have fixed the issue, but I'm afraid it won't be of much help. The simple XML parser API is deployed by implementing a couple of interfaces. That's kind of tedious in Python.

    An easier solution is to use the DOM API. Here is an example how to do basic reading of a .lyp file using the QDom... classes:

    import pya
    fileName = "/home/matthias/test.lyp"
    # Opens the .lyp file:
    doc = pya.QDomDocument("lyp_file")
    file = pya.QFile(fileName)
    if not
      raise Exception("Cannot open file '" + fileName + "'")
    # This loop will extract the 'source' and 'name' elements from each 'properties'
    # element on top level:
    docElem = doc.documentElement()
    n = docElem.firstChild()
    while not n.isNull():
      e = n.toElement()
      if not e.isNull() and e.tagName == "properties":
        source = e.firstChildElement("source")
        name = e.firstChildElement("name")
        print(name.text() + " -> " + source.text())
      n = n.nextSibling()

    Best regards,