How to provide a svek file for the positioning to the PlantUML Server ?

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asked Nov 22, 2023 in Wanted features by kasra (960 points)
edited Nov 22, 2023 by kasra

Hi,

PlantUML gives us the possibility to generate the svek file with this command : 

java -jar plantuml.jar -debugsvek filename.puml

Then, the internal drawing system does the final rendering ( at least this is my understanding ) with that svek file that contains the positioning information.

I would love to be able to modify the Svek file and make that new file as the reference file for the positioning.

How can I tell the server to take the provided svek file as the reference for the positioning?

Is it possible?

I experimented a little bit with the different diagrams and the svek file is generated for the following diagrams : 

  • usecase
  • class
  • component
  • deployment
  • object
  • state
  • archimate
What is going on for the others? everything from A to Z is done by PlantUML ( positioning, drawing,rendering) ?

Thanks.

commented Nov 23, 2023 by The-Lu (62,540 points)

Hello K., and all,

For the first question: I don’t have the answer and I don’t think it’s just possible.

Then for:

What is going on for the others?
Everything from A to Z is done by PlantUML (positioning, drawing, rendering)?

You are right.
See doc. here:

Regards,
Th.

commented Nov 23, 2023 by kasra (960 points)
edited Nov 23, 2023 by kasra

thanks for the documentation links!

For the first question: I don’t have the answer and I don’t think it’s just possible.

If the positioning phase produces that svek file, I guess this file becomes an input for the rest of the process no? Technically why it's not possible? 

for example ( taken from the plantUML component diagram examples )

this produce this dot output  when we use -debugsvek.

We can't tweak that file and say to the rest of the process take this as an input?

I am really interested in understanding the limitations here.

Thanks

commented Jan 29 by kasra (960 points)
Hi,

Could you please give a  technical reason why it's not possible?

Should I send an email to the dev team ?

Thanks again for your Help.

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