[code] More lexer nightmares. :(

From: Michael Richter <ttmrichter.att.gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:36:25 +0800

In the following samples of code, I'm trying to extract the dot-separated
letters from the rest:

   - :(FOO.BAR)
   - :S(FOO.BAR)
   - :F(BAR.BAZ)

That is to say in the resulting syntax-coloured code I should be seeing
FOO.BAR and BAR.BAZ highlighted and nothing else.

I cannot for the life of me get this to work.

I have a lexer pattern "dotted_identifier" which works fine. (It's used
all over the place in my lexer.) If I use this…

':(' * dotted_identifier * ')'

… I get, as expected, :(FOO.BAR) highlighted. If, however, I do anything
outside of this, I get inexplicable behaviour.

#':(' * dotted_identifier * #')'

This will find *any* instance of dotted_identifier and syntax-colour it
along with the two characters before it. *Any* two characters before it,
not just ":(".

':(' * S'SF'^-1 * dotted_identifier * ')'

This will match exactly the same as the first pattern I had above. It will
colour (as expected) :(FOO.BAR), but it will not colour :S(FOO.BAR) or

I'm really at a loss now to know how to deal with this. Any tips?

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Received on Wed 20 Nov 2013 - 09:36:25 EST

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