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parse_block() and unbalanced scope stack

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Paul "LeoNerd" Evans
June 21, 2021 16:08
parse_block() and unbalanced scope stack
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If parse_block() succeeds, all is fine.

Sometimes it fails though. If the parser finds some errors in a block,
then parse_block() still returns anyway, and the caller is supposed to
just know to check if(PL_parser->error_count > 0). OK, fine...

But if this happens then sometimes the scopestack is unbalanced. I know
because I wrote this:

  U32 was_scopestack_ix = PL_scopestack_ix;
  OP *block = parse_block(0);
  assert(PL_scopestack_ix == was_scopestack_ix);

that assertion fails if a compile error happens.

This stack unbalance seems to cause upsets far away - in particular,
S_aassign_scan() is very fragile to this sort of thing, and will
outright SIGSEGV:

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
  #0 0x00005555555a1e40 in S_aassign_scan.constprop.0 ()

It turns out I can fix this by the horrible hack of:

    /* REALLY??! Do I really have to do this?? */
    while(PL_scopestack_ix > was_scopestack_ix)

But (as the comment says) - really, am I supposed to be doing this? It
feels like parse_block() is being rude in not doing that for me.

Also for that matter - why does parse_block() even bother returning in
failure... Why doesn't it just croak up to the parser?

Paul "LeoNerd" Evans      |  |

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