What's the definition of "Validate"? pb support optional fields, extensions
, that means you can ignore unknown fields.
If some fields are necessary why not just set to required.
On Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:08:16 AM UTC+8, Jeroen Ooms wrote:
> I am using the RProtoBuf package, which interfaces to the c++ protobuf
> library. I was wondering if there is any way of 'validating' a pb
> message, in the sense that you can check if it actually is a valid
> message for a given pb description. Currently, RProtoBuf is very
> permissive and will basically accept anything. E.g the code below will
> not throw an error, even though the file obviously is not a valid
> tutorial.Person message:
> read(tutorial.Person, "/etc/passwd")
> In practice, it is quite easy to introduce errors by accidentally reading
> a message using the wrong description. It would be very helpful if there
> was a way of preventing this kind of problems by some sort of validation.
> Is there support for this in the c++ library, or does protobuf basically
> assume that the user/application has some other way of validating a message?
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