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- Subject: Re: An interesting new ways to do errors
- From: HyperHacker <hyperhacker@...>
- Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:34:09 -0700
On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 00:14, Daurnimator <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 22 November 2011 16:40, HyperHacker <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Funny, I had a very similar idea the other day:
>> #!/usr/bin/env lua
>> local errhandler = coroutine.create(function(what)
>> while true do
>> io.stderr:write("Error: " .. what .. '\n')
>> what = coroutine.yield(what ~= "It's broken")
>> function throw(what)
>> local ok, stat = coroutine.resume(errhandler, what)
>> if not ok then error("Error in error handler: " .. tostring(stat)) end
>> if not stat then error("Unrecoverable error: " .. tostring(what), 2) end
>> throw("I goofed")
>> throw("It's broken")
>> print("this should never be reached")
>> throw("It's broken")
>> print("this should also never be reached")
> Interesting, but strange IMO; the error handler doesn't really need to
> be a loop: it could just be a function that returns; and the caller
> does the yielding. (we also have an inversion of control)
> Otherwise, I spose I have a similar thing through recursion in my script.
> Also, the ability to provide values when resuming a thread was
> important for me:
> arg = assert( arg , "Missing argument" )
> The error is fatal; but it can be fixed with extra input from caller/user.
>> If it were possible to kill coroutines, the error handler could even
>> do that for severe errors. (In your own applications, you could just
>> have a table of coroutines that run one after another, and just remove
>> it from there...)
> In my script that is achieved by not recursing.
> Additionally as a note: coroutines are garbage collected; so no clean
> up is really needed :)
>> Related: I'd love a standardized warning system in Lua. It could be as
>> simple as:
>> function warn(...)
>> local here = debug.getinfo(2, 'Sl')
>> print(("Warning: %s:%d:"):format(here.short_src, here.currentline), ...)
>> and then you just replace it with your own function if you want to
>> handle warnings differently.
> This is more related to my other thread:
> ==> just raise an error object with a tostring metamethod: tostring =
> function(o) return "Warning: " .. o.msg end
> Gladly this seems to be fixed in lua 5.2; so there's no problems with
> it now (just gotta get it fixed in luajit)
>> Sent from my toaster.
I'm having some trouble understanding how you intend the error handler
to work. I glanced at your script but couldn't quite tell what you
As for warnings, the problem I have with your idea is that warnings
aren't errors. Normally when you call error(), execution doesn't
continue on past that point. You can wrap error() with something that
handles certain conditions and returns, but the normal usage is to
call error() when you encounter a problem that prevents you from
continuing. So it doesn't make sense to me to raise an error for
something that doesn't require you to stop what you're doing.
e.g. an error might be "not enough disk space for the output file".
You can't just ignore the problem and keep going; your only options
are to abort the operation or pause it until the problem is
resolved. A warning would be "disk is nearly full"; you can still
complete your task, but you want to alert the user to something that
might cause a problem later. So to me it doesn't make sense to throw
an error for something that doesn't prevent you from completing the
 Some might say another option is to solve the problem yourself,
i.e. try to automatically free some space, but still the task you were
working on is paused while you do this.
Sent from my toaster.