Parser error regression for ERTS V5.8.3

Jesper Louis Andersen <>
Wed Dec 22 19:08:32 CET 2010

Consider the following module:


-record(foo, { bar }).

x() ->
    [ #foo { bar = 1}
      #foo { bar = 2}
      #foo { bar = 3}].

In ERTS V5.8.3 this is valid (notice the lack of commas at the end of
each line). It is also valid in V5.8.1, but it fails on V5.7.4:

./foo.erl:9: syntax error before: '#'
./foo.erl:4: Warning: record foo is unused

The result of foo:x(). is:

Erlang R14B02 (erts-5.8.3) [source] [64-bit] [smp:2:2] [rq:2]
[async-threads:0] [hipe] [kernel-poll:false]

Eshell V5.8.3  (abort with ^G)
1> c(foo).
2> foo:x().

which I find highly confusing and wrong.

The parse derivation is: expr -> list -> tail -> expr -> record_expr
--(by the last clause erl_parse.yrl  L351)--> record_expr ....

(parse derivation from commit 609e7ade98c)

git annotate lib/stdlib/src/erl_parse.yrl points to commit 3829e5fa ..:

Support nested record field access without parentheses.
... (omitted rest of the commit)

git show 3829e5fa

So it has to do with the introduction of nested records without
parenthesis. I suggest to revert the patch and add something like the
above as a SHOULD_FAIL test case to the parser tests.

(We found it on the IRC channel because someone asked why a Nitrogen
tutorial slide had this and it worked. It was a mistake in the
tutorial as the successor slides add the commas but things make on
boggle and wonder).


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