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"Current position" of source filter input relative to original input

by Corion (Patriarch)
on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:11 UTC ( [id://915835] : perlquestion . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Corion has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm rewriting Querylet, and in the process, I want to add better error messages. The problem is that Querylet is a source filter which translates (for example):

use Querylet; database: dbi:SQLite:dbname=foo.sqlite


use strict; use DBI; my $dbh = DBI->connect('dbi:SQLite:dbname=foo.sqlite');

This works very well, but if there is a runtime error, say an error in ->connect(), Perl will claim an error in line 4 of the resulting code instead of line 3 of the original code.

What I want to do is add appropriate #line nnn comments (see perlsyn) that match up the line numbers in the generated code back to the line numbers in the original code:

use strict; use DBI; #line 3 "test.querylet" my $dbh = DBI->connect('dbi:SQLite:dbname=foo.sqlite');

The only, minor snag in this scheme is that I haven't found a way to get at the current offset in the input stream to find out at which offset the current Querylet section starts.

So my question boils down to these alternatives, or a better approach that I completely missed:

  • How do I coax Filter::Simple (or Filter::Util::Call) into giving up the current position of their input stream?
  • Can I add this functionality though a hook added to @INC instead?
  • Is there another approach that I can use instead?

I don't care much for the fragility of the approach, as Querylet likely is the only source filter in action.

Update: As I realize just after reviewing and posting, the offset only needs to work for the first use Querylet; statement, as Querylet transforms the complete rest of the program, passing through everything it does not recognize. I keep track of the line numbers there myself, but I lack the initial offset where the source filter starts.

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Re: "Current position" of source filter input relative to original input
by Corion (Patriarch) on Jul 23, 2011 at 15:28 UTC

    The solution in the end was trivially simple, but it was dg on #p5p who pointed out that just inspecting caller should give me the information, and so it does.

    An alternative approach suggested by mst on #p5p was to first inject BEGIN { Querylet::set_code_start(__LINE__) } as the first filter result, and then, after that has been evaluated, to return the rest of the code. That would have been a viable hack, but far less elegant.