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# The beauty of Unix

The Unix Way is powerful. After some time adhering to its philosophy you may be surprised by how much it can do for you. Things you build or use can be assembled in new intricate ways in which the authors never expected.

Last week I was in need to convert a curl data from the browser to a PHP array, so I could use it to debug Compufácil at phpunit. But the thing is, the request has a lot of data, so doing it by hand would be a pain in the ass.

Look at the size of such a request, equivalent to that one I needed:

myRequest="curl
'http://app.compufacil.dev/rpc/v1/inventory.post-purchase.json'
-H 'Host: homolog.compufacil.com.br' -H 'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0
(X11; Linux x86_64; rv:45.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/45.0' -H
'Accept: application/json, text/plain, */*' -H 'Accept-Language:
pt_BR' -H 'Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate' -H 'Content-Type:
application/x-www-form-urlencoded' -H 'Authorization-Compufacil:
apiCode' -H 'Referer:
_ga=GA1.3.427769913.1455651539; _gat=1; language=pt_BR;
sessionId=eb8d7e2d5bd7450ce585e1509cc64e1c6140b999;subscription_status=2
ippingInfo%5Bemail%5D%5Bid%5D=282&shippingInfo%5BcontactPerson%5D=&produ
D=2444&eletronicInvoiceSerie=1&discount=0&freightPrice=0&extraValue=0&ca
tegory%5Bid%5D=1184&paymentMode%5Bid%5D=1445&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B0%
5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.51&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B0%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-03-12&
paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B1%5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.5&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B1
%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-04-12&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B2%5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.5&p
aymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B2%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-05-12&paymentMode%5Brange%5D
%5B3%5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.5&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B3%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-06-
onicInvoiceNumber=1231&flowGroup%5Bid%5D=57&observation=My%20staff&disco
untIsPercentage=false'"array


As you probably noticed, i saved it’s value in an varible ($myRequest) so i don’t have to repeat myself with it along the post. Any way, I’ll show you here, step by step how I turned it into a PHP array. First I needed only the data, so I have to extract if from the rest: echo$myRequest | rev | cut -d" " -f1 | rev
ppingInfo%5Bemail%5D%5Bid%5D=282&shippingInfo%5BcontactPerson%5D=&produc
=2444&eletronicInvoiceSerie=1&discount=0&freightPrice=0&extraValue=0&cat
egory%5Bid%5D=1184&paymentMode%5Bid%5D=1445&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B0%5
D%5Bvalue%5D=27.51&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B0%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-03-12&pa
ymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B1%5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.5&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B1%5
D%5Bdate%5D=2016-04-12&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B2%5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.5&pay
mentMode%5Brange%5D%5B2%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-05-12&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5
B3%5D%5Bvalue%5D=27.5&paymentMode%5Brange%5D%5B3%5D%5Bdate%5D=2016-06-12
icInvoiceNumber=1231&flowGroup%5Bid%5D=57&observation=My%20staff&discoun
tIsPercentage=false


Reverting the string and splitting it by the space getting the first occurrence, after that reverting back did the trick for me.

Now with the content in hand the next challenge is to decode it to get the natural form of the data.

I know that PHP has a funciton to do that, so I wrote a small PHP script to do that for me.

# !/usr/bin/env php
# file url-decode
<?php

$data =$argv[1] ?? null;
if (empty($data)) {$data = fgets(STDIN);
}

$data = rawurldecode($data);
echo $data;  This small script simply get the data from an argument or from stdin and decode it. So this is our point now: echo$myRequest | rev | cut -d" " -f1 | rev | url-decode
[email protected]&shippingInfo[email][type]=2&shippingInfo[email][id]=282&s
t][id]=2444&eletronicInvoiceSerie=1&discount=0&freightPrice=0&extraValue
=0&category[id]=1184&paymentMode[id]=1445&paymentMode[range][0][value]=2
7.51&paymentMode[range][0][date]=2016-03-12&paymentMode[range][1][value]
=27.5&paymentMode[range][1][date]=2016-04-12&paymentMode[range][2][value
]=27.5&paymentMode[range][2][date]=2016-05-12&paymentMode[range][3][valu
=1046&eletronicInvoiceModel=32&eletronicInvoiceNumber=1231&flowGroup[id]
=57&observation=My staff&discountIsPercentage=false


From here I had to convert this data in an PHP array. But it happend that I already did something similar before. Once I wrote a script to convert JSON’s to PHP arrays, so I thought I might use it, but for doing so I would need this data as JSON.

Luckly, it happens that I already wrote another tool to convert form-data to JSON as well.

So here is the script to convert form-data to JSON:

# !/usr/bin/env php
# file url-to-json
<?php

$result = [];$data = $argv[1] ?? null; if (empty($data)) {
$data = fgets(STDIN); } parse_str($data, $result); echo json_encode($result, true);



And after its usage the data is the following:

$echo$myRequest | rev | cut -d" " -f1 | rev | url-decode | url-to-json
on":[{"price":"110.01","quantity":"1","product":{"id":"2444"}}],"eletro
nicInvoiceSerie":"1","discount":"0","freightPrice":"0","extraValue":"0"
,"category":{"id":"1184"},"paymentMode":{"id":"1445","range":[{"value":
"27.51","date":"2016-03-12"},{"value":"27.5","date":"2016-04-12"},{"val
ue":"27.5","date":"2016-05-12"},{"value":"27.5","date":"2016-06-12"}]},
2","eletronicInvoiceNumber":"1231","flowGroup":{"id":"57"},"observation
":"My staff","discountIsPercentage":"false\n"}%


And finally the script to convert JSON to a PHP array:


# !/usr/bin/env php
# file export-php-from-json
<?php

$data =$argv[1] ?? null;
if (empty($data)) {$data = fgets(STDIN);
}

if (empty($data)) { echo "You must pass a valid JSON"; exit(1); }$data = json_decode($data, true); echo var_export($data);



Using it all together:

echo $myRequest | rev | cut -d" " -f1 | rev | url-decode | url-to-json | export-php-from-json array ( 'shippingInfo' => array ( 'address' => '', 'phone' => '', 'email' => array ( 'address' => '[email protected]', 'type' => '2', 'id' => '282', ), 'contactPerson' => '', ), 'productOfTradeCollection' => array ( 0 => array ( 'price' => '110.01', 'quantity' => '1', 'product' => array ( 'id' => '2444', ), ), ), 'eletronicInvoiceSerie' => '1', 'discount' => '0', 'freightPrice' => '0', 'extraValue' => '0', 'category' => array ( 'id' => '1184', ), 'paymentMode' => array ( 'id' => '1445', 'range' => array ( 0 => array ( 'value' => '27.51', 'date' => '2016-03-12', ), 1 => array ( 'value' => '27.5', 'date' => '2016-04-12', ), 2 => array ( 'value' => '27.5', 'date' => '2016-05-12', ), 3 => array ( 'value' => '27.5', 'date' => '2016-06-12', ), ), ), 'account' => array ( 'id' => '621', ), 'buyer' => array ( 'id' => '1046', ), 'eletronicInvoiceModel' => '32', 'eletronicInvoiceNumber' => '1231', 'flowGroup' => array ( 'id' => '57', ), 'observation' => 'My staff', 'discountIsPercentage' => 'false ', )%  To get even easier whe might write an alias for it: alias curl-to-array=' rev | cut -d" " -f1 | rev | url-decode | url-to-json | export-php-from-json'  Now you only need echo$myRequest | curl-to-array to turn any curl request in a PHP array format.

So this is it. I wrote a generic tool to convert requests exported by the browser into PHP format by writing a simple script, some shell commands and two other simple scripts I wrote in another time for other purposes. And this is the beuty I mean, as the time goes on you find new purposes to old simple tools adehring to the Unix principles of wrinting little programs where which one do only one thing well, assembling them in new ways.