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[bug-gettext] [bug #49818] Incomplete list of Perl functions without arg

From: Guido Flohr
Subject: [bug-gettext] [bug #49818] Incomplete list of Perl functions without arguments
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:32:01 +0000 (UTC)
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Follow-up Comment #1, bug #49818 (project gettext):

1) Fixed in e4796a6

2) I have to re-check the list.

I had used the command "perldoc perlfunc" as the base for the qualification of
keywords, and I think it is more complete than

A handful of the items are operators ("if", "else", "and", ...) and are
already handled.  But there could be new ones that should be added.

Then there a keywords like "break", which can oddly enough be used like a
parameterless function call "break()".  Others from the same group, for
example "__FILE__" can only be used as such ("__FILE__()" is a syntax error).

At first glance it looks like it makes sense to treat all of the "Non-function
keywords" either as operators or functions for our purposes. 

I will go through the list one by one.  It contains a lot of additions to the
Perl language that are not yet handled by x-perl.c.

At the end of the day, the parser actually does not care whether a certain
symbol represents a function name, a keyword, an operator or whatever else. 
We are trying to disambiguate this case here:

    foo / bar / gm;

One interpretations is a chained division:

    foo() / bar() / gm()

The other one is an invocation of the function foo() with a regex/pattern
match as its argument:

    foo(/ bar /gm)

That can only be disambiguated at run-time, but knowing the prototypes of the
builtin functions helps at least a little.


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