Issue #5002 has been reported by Michael Edgar.

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Bug #5002: Ripper fails to distinguish local vars from vcalls [PATCH]
http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/5002

Author: Michael Edgar
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
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Category: 
Target version: 1.9.3
ruby -v: ruby 1.9.3dev (2011-07-09 trunk 32466) [x86_64-darwin10.8.0] 


Ripper always parses the `variable` grammar production (which includes identifiers, {i,c,g}vars, nil, __FILE__, etc) as a `var_ref` node, whose only child is the token itself.

This is a problem for one huge reason: local variables look exactly like vcalls: no-arg, no-receiver method calls. More importantly, the parse tree defines whether a given bareword identifier is a local variable reference or a method call. Thus, given a ripper parse tree, in order to distinguish local variable references from vcalls, one must reconstruct the parse order, re-implement the local variable introduction rules (local variable assigned in some way, for loops, block arg, rescue exception variable, named regex capture groups, ....), and then relabel those `var_ref` nodes which are method calls as `vcall` nodes.

This is quite a nasty workaround. There are a *lot* of edge cases to mess up. I've implemented it as the `ripper-plus` gem, but it's a huge pain, I'm not sure it's entirely correct, and is something the parser should be doing anyway.

The funny thing is, the parser already *is* doing almost all of the work! It's just not looking at the local variable tables when it comes time to generate the Ripper event. The patch I've attached does do so - it's a small change for a huge benefit for Ripper users.

I'd like to see this land in 1.9.3 - it's a small patch, and given the other bug fixes Ripper's had this cycle, would make Ripper pretty much sufficient for an entire Ruby implementation.


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