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Add the column caret line when encountering a SyntaxError #5810

enebo opened this issue Aug 1, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Aug 1, 2019

When we see an error:

SyntaxError: ../snippets/rinda1.rb:12: syntax error, unexpected ';'
DRb.;thread.join if __FILE__ == $0

we see the line the error occured on but we should see:

../snippets/rinda1.rb:12: syntax error, unexpected ';', expecting '('
DRb.;thread.join if __FILE__ == $0

Note: Ruby 2.6 seems to change this caret into underlining the column in question. The basic plumbing for this is to supply the column the error occurs on so that change for 9.3 should be easy to change to.

@enebo enebo added this to the JRuby milestone Aug 1, 2019

@enebo enebo closed this in 2f5797e Aug 7, 2019


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commented Aug 7, 2019

This actually is a tiny bit different. If the right keyword is noticed to be unexpected MRI somehow knows the range:

system ~/work/jruby master 1043% mri25 -e 'fo; do'
-e:1: syntax error, unexpected keyword_do_block, expecting end-of-input
fo; do
system ~/work/jruby master 1044% jruby -e 'fo; do'
SyntaxError: -e:1: syntax error, unexpected keyword_do_block
fo; do

Making this match exactly can be done later since 2.6 will underline the keyword (vs using a caret) but this is more than adequate to solving the basic issue of pointing out where the syntax error is occuring.

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