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      Latest reply on Dec 13, 2016 7:45 AM by eskimo
      katzlbt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        I have an app that dynamically loads classes using the following code ...


        Class cls = [[NSBundle mainBundle] classNamed:s];


        This worked since iOS4 but recently failing about 50% on the iOS Simulator, but some reports on stackoverflow hint it hits real devices, too.

        Does anyone know a workaround?


        LittleNapoleon* dummy = [LittleNapoleon class];
        Class cls = [[NSBundle mainBundle] classNamed:s];
        NSAssert(cls != nil, @"classNamed: %@ returned nil!", s);


        This fails even if the class is successfully loaded in the code! Output ...



        'classNamed: LittleNapoleon returned nil!'

        References: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/39794424/classnamed-in-ios-10-on-ipad-air-2

        • Re: Dynamically loading a class with -classNamed: fails randomly
          NotMyName Level 4 Level 4 (875 points)

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          • Re: Dynamically loading a class with -classNamed: fails randomly
            eskimo Apple Staff Apple Staff (13,355 points)

            Here’s what I did:

              1. In Xcode 8.1, I created a new Objective-C project from the Single View Application template.

              2. I added a new Objective-C class called LittleNapoleon, using the Cocoa Touch Class template.

              3. I modified -[ViewController viewDidLoad] to load the class; the code you posted doesn’t actually compile, so I modified it as shown below.  I also added an include of LittleNapoleon.h to the top of the file.

              4. I ran the app ten times on the iOS 10.1 simulator.  It worked every time, producing the following output.

                2016-12-13 15:40:40.772 xxoi2[6368:438372] s = LittleNapoleon
                2016-12-13 15:40:40.773 xxoi2[6368:438372] cls = LittleNapoleon



            I also ran it a few times on an iOS 10.1.1 device and that works fine as well.


            I’m not sure what’s happening with your project, but this seems to be working for me.  Perhaps you can try repeating the steps I’ve described above to see if the problem is related to your environment or your actual project.


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            Class dummy = [LittleNapoleon class];
            NSString * s = NSStringFromClass(dummy);
            NSLog(@"s = %@", s); 
            Class cls = [[NSBundle mainBundle] classNamed:s]; 
            NSLog(@"cls = %@", cls);