[erlang-bugs] erl_syntax constructors too forgiving

Ulf Wiger (TN/EAB) <>
Wed Jul 25 15:04:13 CEST 2007


Lately, I've been running into crashes in syntax_tools, 
whenever I try to do something interesting. The crashes 
tend to occur in erl_syntax:revert/1, and often on 
constructs that have been built using the erl_syntax 
constructors.

The latest example is given below.

After some debugging, I've found the error.
I had called erl_syntax:application(Operator, Args)
with a non-list as Args. Since the constructor
doesn't check whether Args is in fact a list, the
crash occurs within a list comprehension clause 
in revert instead. Apparently, the constructors are
forgiving, but revert/1 is not.

A few is_list/1 guards in the right places would make
life much easier. (:

BR,
Ulf W

84> A.                                                    
{application,{atom,13,np},
             {tree,list,
                   {attr,0,[],none},
                   {list,[{integer,13,1}],
                         {tree,list,
                               {attr,0,[],none},
                               {list,[{var,0,'V73'}],none}}}}}
85> erl_syntax:revert(A).
{application,{atom,13,np},
             {tree,list,
                   {attr,0,[],none},
                   {list,[{integer,13,1}],
                         {tree,list,
                               {attr,0,[],none},
                               {list,[{var,0,'V73'}],none}}}}}

So far, so good, but when I put a standard erl_syntax
tree node around it, it goes badly (note: in practice,
it's erl_syntax that inserts the tree wrapper).

86> erl_syntax:revert({tree,application,{attr,0,none},A}).

=ERROR REPORT==== 25-Jul-2007::14:47:03 ===
Error in process <0.316.0> with exit value:
{function_clause,[{erl_syntax,'-revert/1-lc$^1/1-1-',[{tree,list,{attr,0
,[],none},{list,[{integer,13,1}],{tree,list,{attr,0,[],none},{list,[{var
,0,'V73'}],none}}}}]},{erl_syntax,'-revert/1-lc$^0/1-0-',1},{erl_syntax,
'-revert/1-lc$^0/1-0-'... 

** exited: {function_clause,
               [{erl_syntax,
                    '-revert/1-lc$^1/1-1-',
                    [{tree,
                         list,
                         {attr,0,[],none},
                         {list,
                             [{integer,13,1}],
                             {tree,
                                 list,
                                 {attr,0,[],none},
                                 {list,[{var,0,'V73'}],none}}}}]},
                {erl_syntax,'-revert/1-lc$^0/1-0-',1},
                {erl_syntax,'-revert/1-lc$^0/1-0-',1},
                {erl_syntax,revert,1},
                {erl_eval,do_apply,5},
                {shell,exprs,6},
                {shell,eval_loop,3}]} **
87> rr(code:which(erl_syntax)).
[application,
 arity_qualifier,
 attr,
 attribute,
 binary_field,
 case_expr,
 class_qualifier,
 clause,
 com,
 comment,
 function,
 generator,
 infix_expr,
 list,
 list_comp,
 macro,
 match_expr,
 module_qualifier,
 prefix_expr,
 receive_expr,
 record_access,
 record_expr,
 record_field,
 record_index_expr,
 rule,
 size_qualifier,
 tree,
 try_expr,
 wrapper]
88> {tree,application,{attr,0,none},A}.                   
#tree{
 type = application,
 attr = {attr,0,none},
 data = 
  #application{
   operator = {atom,13,np},
   arguments = 
    #tree{
     type = list,
     attr = #attr{pos = 0,ann = [],com = none},
     data = 
      #list{
       prefix = [{integer,13,1}],
       suffix = 
        #tree{
         type = list,
         attr = #attr{pos = 0,ann = [],com = none},
         data = #list{prefix = [{var,0,'V73'}],suffix = none}}}}}}






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