# [erlang-questions] newbie question

Erik Søe Sørensen <>
Thu Nov 6 20:58:35 CET 2014

```Hi there -

Apart from the atom-vs-Variable issue, I think you got your recursion wrong.

[M1 | chunks(T1, P1)]

doesn't make too much sense (that I can see) - especially the "recurse with
P1 for Lst" part.

I think you mean either

chunks(T1, [M1|Lst])

for a tail recursive loop, or

chunks("") -> [];

chunks(Str) -> ..., [M1 | chunks(T1)]

for "normal" recursion on the rest. At present, you code looks like a
confusion of the two (apart from the Lst/P1 difference).

Regards, and have fun on the learning curve,

Erik

Den 06/11/2014 20.27 skrev "Fred Youhanaie" <>:

>
> and of course the same goes for lst in chunks/2 :)
>
> On 06/11/14 19:09, James Aimonetti wrote:
>
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>> Le 2014-11-06 10:56, Charles Hixson a écrit :
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>>> Given the routine: -module(chunks). -export([chunks/1]).
>>> chunks(str)-> chunks(str, []).
>>>
>>> chunks("", lst)-> list:reverse(lst); chunks(str, lst)-> P1 =
>>> "^([[:alnum:]]+|[[:space:]]+|[[:punct:]]+|[[:cntrl:]]+|.)", [[],
>>> M1, T1] = re:split(str, P1, [{return, list}]), [M1 | chunks(T1,
>>> P1)].
>>>
>>> and the shell: 47> c(chunks). {ok,chunks}
>>>
>>> Why do I get: 49> chunks:chunks("Able was I ere I saw Elba."). **
>>> exception error: no function clause matching chunks:chunks("Able
>>> was I ere I saw Elba.") (chunks.erl, line 15) (Well, forget the
>>> like 15.  I took out a bunch of comments.)
>>>
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