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bug #38758: Parser oddity with 'if' statements and spurious display with nargin

Submitter:  Guillaume <gyom>
Submitted:  Wed 17 Apr 2013 11:25:53 AM UTC
Category:  Interpreter Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Other
Status:  Fixed Assigned to:  jwe
Originator Name:  Guillaume Open/Closed:  * Closed
Release:  * dev Operating System:  * Any
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Thu 20 Jun 2013 02:13:10 AM UTC, comment #3: 
John W. Eaton <jwe>
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Wed 19 Jun 2013 10:46:18 PM UTC, comment #2: 

I think the problem is also related to the path the parser is taking through if statements.  For example, using a pair of parentheses around the condition of the if statement also fixes the problem.

if (nargin >=3), disp('test'); end

Ordinarily code of the form


is equivalent to


as the comma just tells the parser that a new statement has begun.  This seems to be the case here for whatever reason.

if nargin >=3, disp('test'); end
seems to be parsed as
">=3", disp('test');
ans = >=3

In fact, I would guess that the problem is that the if conditional is not being greedy enough and stops after accepting nargin.  Thus, the parsing results in

if nargin

Rik <rik5>
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Sat 11 May 2013 10:06:44 AM UTC, comment #1: 


Clemens Buchacher <drizzd>
Wed 17 Apr 2013 11:25:53 AM UTC, original submission:  

Since recent changes in the Octave parser, I observe spurious displays due to lines such as:

if nargin >=3, disp('test'); end

it displays:

ans = >=3

It doesn't happen with different call syntax:

if nargin>=3, disp('test'); end
if nargin >= 3, disp('test'); end
if nargin() >=3, disp('test'); end

Guillaume <gyom>


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    2013-06-20 jwe StatusConfirmed Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2013-06-19 jwe Assigned toNone jwe
    2013-06-19 rik5 SummarySpurious display with nargin Parser oddity with 'if' statements and spurious display with nargin
        Carbon-Copy- Added jwe
    2013-05-11 jordigh StatusNone Confirmed

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