[erlang-questions] prettypr

Ulf Wiger ulf@REDACTED
Fri May 11 23:15:18 CEST 2012

If the code you want to pretty-print is generated from other code - and you don't want to create abstract forms by hand (most don't) - I can also recommend parse_trans_codegen:


It's a fairly easy, and less error-prone, way to generate code.

If you look e.g. at https://github.com/esl/parse_trans/blob/master/examples/ex_codegen.erl

we can try the two first functions:

f(Name) ->
      fun(1,2,3) ->
          (A,B,C) ->

g(Name, V) ->
      fun(L) ->
              member({'$var',V}, L)

Eshell V5.9  (abort with ^G)
1> c(ex_codegen).
2> ex_codegen:f(foo).
3> ex_codegen:g(is_in, foo).
4> io:fwrite("~s~n", [erl_pp:form(v(3))]).
is_in(L) ->
    member(foo, L).

…you get the idea.

Now, since I actually don't know exactly what you are trying to do, I will quit throwing out suggestions. :)

Ulf W

On 11 May 2012, at 22:28, Roberto Ostinelli wrote:

> Thank you Ulf.
> So i first should erl_parse:tokens/1, then erl_parse:parse/form/1 then use what you suggested?
> On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM, Ulf Wiger <ulf@REDACTED> wrote:
> You could take a look at how parse_trans does it:
> https://github.com/esl/parse_trans/blob/master/src/parse_trans_pp.erl#L65
> It uses erl_pp instead of erl_prettypr for reasons I have since forgotten
> (it was something that, at one time, erl_prettypr had problems with, but
> erl_pp was able to handle).
> BR,
> Ulf W
> On 11 May 2012, at 22:01, Roberto Ostinelli wrote:
>> Dear All,
>> is there a way to use prettypr on a list()?
>> I want to pretty format some source code, all I found is a Trapexit post showing this:
>> F="tst.erl",
>> erl_prettypr:format(erl_recomment:recomment_forms(element(2,epp_dodger:parse_file(F)),erl_comment_scan:file(F))).
>> Unfortunately this is based on parsing a file, and epp_dodger needs an IoDevice to parse code.
>> Is there a way to do something similar but inputting the code as list() instead of parsing a file?
>> r.
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Ulf Wiger, Co-founder & Developer Advocate, Feuerlabs Inc.

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