[erlang-patches] Scan "=<<" as something useful

Raimo Niskanen <>
Mon Apr 29 10:53:42 CEST 2013

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:15:28PM +0200, Anthony Ramine wrote:
> Hello,
> I've noticed that Erlang/OTP own code tend to be space-free, e.g. {a,
> b} is rather written as {a,b}. Then there is the occasional Bin=
> <<42>> with a space because erl_scan will scans "=<<" as '=<','<'
> instead of '=','<<'. This patch teaches erl_scan how to not do that.
> There is no backwards compatibility problem as '=<','<' can't appear
> in valid code.

When I tried to fix this years ago while rewriting the scanner just after
the binary syntax was introduced I got lecutured (I think by Robert)
that it was a bad change because it introduces syntax knowledge
into the scanner.

The scanner is today greedy so it collects as many characters as it
can into a valid token, and "=<" is a valid token.  When it is
followed by "<" that becomes a syntax error in the parser.

I kind of miss this argument this time around...

>         git fetch https://github.com/nox/otp.git disambiguate-equal-binary
>         https://github.com/nox/otp/compare/disambiguate-equal-binary
>         https://github.com/nox/otp/compare/disambiguate-equal-binary.patch
> Regards,
> --
> Anthony Ramine
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/ Raimo Niskanen, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

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