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XML::Simple - Force array

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Consider the data structure below.  The component A is a n array if there is more than one value.  
How do I use force array option to make A always be an array?

 ForceArray => [qw(A)] works for A, but its does not seem to work at all level.  E.g.  
ForceArray => [qw(C)]   does not work for C node.

How do I force array on C?

 


my $data =  {  'mydata' => {'A' => [{'end_date' => '2000-09-28','start_date' => '1999-12-14'},
                                                       {'end_date' => '2000-09-28','start_date' => '1999-12-14'} ]
                                           },
                                           {'B' => 'C' => 'D'}                                            },
                    }

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by:ozo
ID: 24127288
 DB<46> x XMLin(XMLout({  'mydata' => {'A' => [{'end_date' => '2000-09-28','start_date' => '1999-12-14'} ] ,  C=>['B' ] }}),ForceArray=>[qw(A)])  
0  HASH(0x1ad3f34)
   'mydata' => HASH(0x1ad8ae8)
      'A' => ARRAY(0x1adbebc)
         0  HASH(0x19d0fe4)
            'end_date' => '2000-09-28'
            'start_date' => '1999-12-14'
      'C' => 'B'
                                                                                                                                                                                            DB<47> x XMLin(XMLout({  'mydata' => {'A' => [{'end_date' => '2000-09-28','start_date' => '1999-12-14'} ] ,  C=>['B' ] }}),ForceArray=>[qw(C)])  
0  HASH(0x1adb764)
   'mydata' => HASH(0x1ad6178)
      'A' => HASH(0x1acf9d0)
         'end_date' => '2000-09-28'
         'start_date' => '1999-12-14'
      'C' => ARRAY(0x1ad8b38)
         0  'B'
                                                                                                                                                                                            DB<48> x XMLin(XMLout({  'mydata' => {'A' => [{'end_date' => '2000-09-28','start_date' => '1999-12-14'} ] ,  C=>['B' ] }}),ForceArray=>[qw(A C)])
0  HASH(0x1ab9acc)
   'mydata' => HASH(0x1ae3ea8)
      'A' => ARRAY(0x1ad53a4)
         0  HASH(0x1ad828c)
            'end_date' => '2000-09-28'
            'start_date' => '1999-12-14'
      'C' => ARRAY(0x1aec3f4)
         0  'B'
                                           
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by:cpeters5
ID: 24127413
Thanks ozo for a quick response.  But I ma not sure if I understand your result.
Let me phrase the question this way.

With the default option, I get the parsed data as
$data = {
              'keywords' => {
                                    'keyword' => 'X'
                                  },
              'sites' => {
                                  'site' => { 'address' => 'some value',
                                                  'city' => 'Mo Town'}
                                                }
                             }
               }

Now, what option do I use to make it looks like the following.
$data = {
              'keywords' => {
                                      [ 'keyword' => 'X']
                                  },
              'sites' => {
                                  'site' => [{ 'address' => 'some value',
                                                  'city' => 'Mo Town'
                                                }]
                             }
               }
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ID: 24127513
I assume you meant
              'keywords' => [
                                      { 'keyword' => 'X'}
                                  ],
since
              'keywords' => {
                                      [ 'keyword' => 'X']
                                  },
makes no sense


print Dumper(XMLin( <<END ,ForceArray=>[qw(keywords site)]));
<opt>
  <keywords>
    <keyword>X</keyword>
  </keywords>
  <sites>
    <site>
      <address>some value</address>
      <city>Mo Town</city>
    </site>
  </sites>
</opt>
END
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by:cpeters5
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Thanks again!
pax
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