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September 19, 2014

The Arcane World Of Xcode 6.0 Downloadable DocSets: Part Three — Xcode 6.0.1 And The Invisible iOS 8.0 Documentation

If you download the iOS 8.0 documentation via the Downloads tab of the Preferences panel in Xcode 6.0.1 you end up with a package


and the files




in the directory


What you don't end up with is any visible iOS 8.0 documentation if you are offline.

The com.apple.pkg.7.0.iOSDocset.plist file in the


directory looks like this

      "InstallPrefixPath" => "/"
      "PackageFileName" => "iOSDocset.pkg"
      "InstallDate" => 2014-09-18 11:05:09 +0000
      "PackageIdentifier" => "com.apple.pkg.7.0.iOSDocset"
      "PackageVersion" => ""
      "PackageGroups" => [
        0 => "com.apple.snowleopard-repair-permissions.pkg-group"
        1 => "com.apple.FindSystemFiles.pkg-group"
      "InstallProcessName" => "Xcode"

Its presence plus the value of the "PackageVersion" entry meets the criteria for installation as expressed in the entry in the .dvtdownloadable index file.

The Downloads tab in the Preferences panel shows the documentation as downloaded, so the part of Xcode responsible for downloads believes the documentation is installed, but the part of Xcode responsible for displaying it does not.

Comparing the info.plist and version.plist files in the Xcode internal documentation set and the downloaded documentation set turns up the interesting fact that the versions don't match.

The internal documentation set has the version number


and the downloaded documentation set has the version number


So what happens if you make them match ?

Answer the documentation appears when offline.

It works either way round.

You can change the versions in the Info.plist of the downloaded documentation set to 52.28, or the versions in the Info.plist of the internal documentation set to 52.8.

The other issue is the use of


as the package identifier for the iOS 8.0 documentation set.

Although it does not affect the working of Xcode 6.0.1 it effectively de-installs the iOS 7.0 documentation as far as earlier versions of Xcode are concerned.

It should presumably be


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