Archive for April, 2017

Issue All The Things

April 30, 2017 1 comment

While on her epic quest to clean up the meta part of the ecosystem samvc send me a few pull requests. That raised the question which of my modules have open issues. Github is quite eager to list you many things but lacks the ability to show issues for a group of repos. Once again things fell into place.

Some time ago I made a meta module to save a few clicks when testing modules once a week. What means I have a list of modules I care about already.

perl6 -e 'use META6; use META6::bin :TERM :HELPER;\\
for => "$*HOME/projects/perl6/gfldex-meta-zef-test/META6.json").<depends> -> $name {\\
    say BOLD $name;\\

META6::bin didn’t know about Github issues, what was easily solved, including retries on timeouts of the github api. Now I can feed the module names into &MAIN and get a list of issues.

perl6 -e 'use META6; use META6::bin :TERM :HELPER;\\
for => "$*HOME/projects/perl6/gfldex-meta-zef-test/META6.json").<depends> -> $name {\\
    say BOLD $name;\\
    try META6::bin::MAIN(:issues, :module($name), :one-line, :url);\\

I switfly went to merge the pull requests.

[open] Add License checks and use new META license spec [10d] ⟨⟩
[open] warn on source [35d] ⟨⟩
[open] warn on empty description [37d] ⟨⟩
[open] check if source-url is accessible [37d] ⟨⟩
[open] Check `perl` version [135d] ⟨⟩
[open] Report missing modules? [1y] ⟨⟩
[open] Add :strict-versions switch [1y] ⟨⟩
[open] Test harder that "provides" is sane [1y] ⟨⟩
Github timed out, trying again 1/3.
Github timed out, trying again 2/3.
Github timed out, giving up.
[open] Use SPDX identifier in license field of META6.json [3d] ⟨⟩
[open] Use SPDX identifier in license field of META6.json [3d] ⟨⟩
Github timed out, trying again 1/3.
Github timed out, trying again 1/3.
[open] Use SPDX identifier in license field of META6.json [9d] ⟨⟩

To check the issues of any project that got a META6.json run meta6 --issues. To check if there are issues for a given module in the ecosystem use meta6 --issues --module=Your::Module::Name


As requested by timotimo, meta6 --issues --one-line --url --deps will list all issues of the repo and all issues of the dependencies listed in META6.json.

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You can call me Whatever you like

April 19, 2017 1 comment

The docs spend many words to explain in great detail what a Whatever is and how to use it from the caller perspective. There are quite a few ways to support Whatever as a callee as I shall explain.

Whatever can be used to express “all of the things”. In that case we ask for the type object that is Whatever.

sub gimmi(Whatever) {};

Any expression that contains a Whatever * will be turned into a thunk. The latter happens to be a block without a local scope (kind of, it can be turned into a block when captured). We can ask specifically for a WhateverCode to accept Whatever-expressions.

sub compute-all-the-things(WhateverCode $c) { $c(42) }
say compute-all-the-things(*-1);
say (try say compute-all-the-things({$_ - 1})) // 'failed';
# OUTPUT: «41␤failed␤»

We could also ask for a Block or a Method as both come preloaded with one parameter. If we need a WhateverCode with more then one argument we have to be precise because the compiler can’t match a Callable sub-signature with a WhateverCode.

sub picky(WhateverCode $c where .arity == 2 || fail("two stars in that expession please") ) {
    $c.(1, 2)
say picky(*-*);
# OUTPUT: «-1␤»
say (try picky(*-1)) // $!;
# OUTPUT: «two stars in that expession please␤  in sub picky at …»

The same works with a Callable constraint, leaving the programmer more freedom what to supply.

sub picky(&c where .arity == 2) { c(1, 2) }

There are quite a few things a WhateverCode can’t do.

sub faily(WhateverCode $c) { $c.(1) }
say (try faily( return * )) // $!.^name;
# OUTPUT: «X::ControlFlow::Return␤»

The compiler can take advantage of that and provide compile time errors or get things done a little bit qicker. So trading the flexibility of Callable for a stricter WhateverCode constraint may make sense.

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Dealing with Fallout

April 19, 2017 1 comment

The much welcome and overdue sanification of the IO-subsystem lead to some fallout in some of my code that was enjoyably easy to fix.

Some IO-operations used to return False or undefined values on errors returned from the OS. Those have been fixed to return Failure. As a result some idioms don’t work as they used to.

my $v = §some-filename.txt" // 'sane default';

The conditional method call operator .? does not defuse Failure as a result the whole expression blows up when an error occures. Luckily try can be used as a statement, which will return Nil, so we can still use the defined-or-operator // to assign default values.

my $v = (try "some-filename.txt" // 'sane default';

The rational to have IO-operations throw explosives is simple. Filesystem dealings can not be atomic (at least seen from the runtime) and can fail unexpectetly due to cable tripping. By packaging exceptions in Failure objects Perl 6 allows us to turn them back into undefined values as we please.

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Slipping in a Config File

April 17, 2017 1 comment

I wanted to add a config file to META6::bin without adding another dependency and without adding a grammar or other forms of fancy (and therefore time consuming) parsers. As it turns out, .split and friends are more then enough to get the job done.

# META6::bin config file

general.timeout = 60
git.timeout = 120
git.protocol = https

That’s how the file should look like and I wanted a multidim Hash in the end to query values like %config<git><timeout>.

our sub read-cfg($path) is export(:HELPER) {
    use Slippy::Semilist;

    return unless $path.IO.e;

    my %h;
        ».split(/\s* '=' \s*/)\> $k, $v { %h{||$k.split('.').cache} = $v });


We slurp in the whole file and process it line by line. All newlines are removed and any line that starts with a # or is empty is skipped. We separate values and keys by = and use a Semilist Slip to build the multidim Hash. Abusing a .map that doesn’t return values is a bit smelly but keeps all operations in order.

A Semilist is the thing you can find in %hash{1;2;3} (same for arrays) to express multi-dimentionallity. Just using a normal list wont cut it because a list is a valid key for a Hash.

I had Rakudo::Slippy::Semilist laying around for quite some time but never really used it much because it’s cheating by using nqp-ops to get some decent speed. As it turned out it’s not really the operations on a Hash as the circumfix:<{ }>-operator itself that is causing a 20x speed drop. By calling .EXISTS-KEY and .BIND-KEY directly the speed hit shrinks down to 7% over a nqp-implementation.

It’s one of those cases where things fall into place with Perl 6. Being able to define my own operator in conjunction with ». allows to keep the code flowing in the order of thoughs instead of breaking it up into nested loops.

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Speeding up Travis

April 14, 2017 14 comments

After some wiggling I managed to convince travis to use ubuntu packages to trim off about 4 minutes of a test. Sadly the .debs don’t come with build in zef, what would be another 40 seconds.

As follows a working .travis.yml.

sudo: required
    - wget
    - sudo dpkg --install perl6-rakudo-moarvm-ubuntu16.04_20170300-02_amd64.deb
    - sudo /opt/rakudo/bin/
    - export PATH=/opt/rakudo/bin:$PATH
    - sudo chown -R travis.travis /home/travis/.zef/
    - zef --debug install .
- zef list --installed

Using a meta package in conjuction with .debs makes it quite easy to test if a module will work not just with bleeding Rakudo but with versions users might actually have.

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Fork All The Things!

April 9, 2017 1 comment

As requested by timotimo META6::bin is now able to fork a module on github by looking up its source in the ecosystem and telling git to clone it to the local FS.

meta6 --fork-module=Somebody::Else::Module

As a little bonus it will create a t/meta.t if possible. To be able to do so, META6::bin had to learn how to add dependencies to a META6.json-file.

meta6 --add-dep=Important::Module

I will add pullrequest creation as soon as I figured out how to convice the github api to do my bidding.

UPDATE: Pull requesting is in but not well tested (I don’t have any non-synthetic PRs to send right now). A META6.json is required to get the repo-name automatically. The youngest commit message sports the default PR title.

meta6 --pull-request
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Make Children, not War

April 9, 2017 1 comment

While teaching META6::bin how to read a config file, I was thinking about handling URIs by creating individual types per schema. That would require a factory what is not to my liking. I don’t use a dymanic language just to implement all that nice redundancy sugested in Design Patterns.

But then I reaslised that I use a dynamic language what means I can have a factory without implementing it. As long as I keep all subclasses in the same compunit then the parent class, that parent can use package introspection to collect all children and implement the factory method in its .new method.

class URL is export {
    my $.subclasses;

    our $.schema;
    has Str $.host;
    has $.raw;

    multi method new(Str $url) {
        $.subclasses //= UNIT::.values.grep({$_ ~~ URL && .schema});

        for $.subclasses.flat {
            return $$url)) if $url.starts-with(.schema ~ '://');

    method host {
        $!host //= $.raw.substr($.raw.index('://') + 3).substr(0, $.raw.index('/') + 1);

class HTTP is URL is export {
    our $.schema = 'http';

class HTTPS is URL is export {
    our $.schema = 'https';

sub url(|c){|c)

say url('').host;

UNIT::.values returns a list of type objects that we can check against in the constructor. The class variable $.schema is used to pick the right child to return.

One could take that a step further and add a trait to register a child and a thunk with the base class to move the decision making what object to return to the children. That way a child could be moved to a different compunit as well.

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Module All The Things!

April 6, 2017 1 comment

wrote a wrapper around META6::bin what made think that he may not be alone. Further, customisation would required a fork what is less then ideal because one has to care a lot about upstream changes and may even have to cherry pick commits when going down that road.

That’s annoying and unneeded if bin/meta6 is turned into lib/META6/bin.pm6. As it turns out that is surprisingly easy and already done.

I learned a few things I would like to share.

Firstly I wanted to provide the option to call a MAIN just like any normal sub. Simply exporting them doesn’t work as they would be added as MAIN candidates to the script sporting the use META6::bin.

Lets have some code.

use v6.c;

unit module was-a-main;

our proto sub MAIN(|) is export(:MAIN) { * }

multi sub MAIN(Int $a) {
    say "Int candidate";

multi sub MAIN(Bool :$a) {
    say "bool candidate";

Fist we create a namespace we can refere to, both by putting the file into a directory and with the explicit unit module statement. Then we export a proto as an our sub with a tag called MAIN. By providing the tag in use was-a-module :MAIN we would pull all MAIN candidate into a script and they would be used as normal. Without the tag, the our scope will allow to provide a FQN to call them as normal subs.

use v6.c;

use was-a-main;


In META6::bin I wanted to allow subs to be wrappable. To do so it is required to scope them with our in the module and provide the FQN when wrapping.

use META6::bin :HELPER;

    say "checking URL: ⟨$_⟩";


The sub try-to-fetch-url is used to check if URLs are accessible to catch typos in a By wrapping it one can make it verbose. Pretty much all subs are treated the same way, allowing to wrap to your heart’s content.

As melezhik has shown, there is more then one way to have a module created for you. Now it’s both easy and possible.

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