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[babel-types] Fix isNodesEquivalent() behavior for TemplateElements #8165



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timkendrick commented Jun 13, 2018

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Fixed Issues? Fixes #8163
Patch: Bug Fix?
Major: Breaking Change?
Minor: New Feature?
Tests Added + Pass? Yes
Documentation PR
Any Dependency Changes? No
License MIT

Bug Report

Current Behavior
Attempting to run t.isNodesEquivalent() on any node that contains a TemplateElement node somewhere in its subtree will throw an error.

Input Code

const t = require("babel-types");

const node = t.templateElement({ raw: 'foo', cooked: 'foo' }, true);

t.isNodesEquivalent(node, node);
// TypeError: Cannot convert undefined or null to object
//     at keys (<anonymous>)
//     at isNodesEquivalent (babel-types/lib/validators.js:223:35)


This error occurs because according to the NODE_FIELDS registry, TemplateElement defines a value property, which according to the ESTree spec is an object with { raw, cooked } properties – not a babel AST node.

The isNodesEquivalent() algorithm incorrectly assumes that any object properties must themselves be AST nodes, which is not the case here, causing the error.

As far as I can tell, the VISITOR_KEYS registry seems to be used elsewhere to determine which properties refer to sub-nodes of any given node. This means that the isNodesEquivalent() algorithm could potentially use this information to determine whether to compare the property values as AST nodes (i.e. recursively compare the values using isNodesEquivalent()) or as raw JS objects (i.e. compare the two objects via a shallow equality check).


  • I'm not hugely familiar with the babel-types source – is VISITOR_KEYS definitely the correct source of truth to use here? i.e. I've assumed that any property that is not present in the VISITOR_KEYS array will not contain an AST node. Is this a valid assumption?

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hzoo approved these changes Jul 5, 2018
@hzoo hzoo merged commit e9184ed into babel:master Jul 6, 2018
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