[erlang-questions] Matching binaries and shadowed variables

virtan virtan@REDACTED
Wed Nov 27 19:56:20 CET 2013

Does anybody know why there is a such thing as shadowed variables in Erlang?
What was the reason to prevent typical "matching" approach for closures?

It is even more unclear in matching binaries:

1> A = <<"hello">>, ASize = size(A),
          fun (<<A1:ASize/binary, _/binary>>) when A1 == A -> match;
                (_) -> nomatch end,
          [<<"hello world">>, <<"nohello">>]).

You can't use A instead of A1 (it creates new variable, shadowing outer A),
but should use ASize inside the pattern (otherwise you'll get unbound error during compilation).

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