[swift-corelibs-dev] NSTask and try!
james at jelee.co.uk
Fri May 13 15:05:42 CDT 2016
Cheers for the clarification. I started assuming there may be a reason when changing the guard let on the launch args to use the InvalidArgumentException.
Could this be a position where we may need os checking to cover the regression for the moment. It seems odd that the test would pass in CI when an error is thrown with a try! but fail on OSX
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> On 13 May 2016, at 20:48, Tony Parker <anthony.parker at apple.com> wrote:
> Hi James,
>> On May 13, 2016, at 12:25 PM, James Lee via swift-corelibs-dev <swift-corelibs-dev at swift.org> wrote:
>> Following on from a previous discussion with Tests failing on OSX. I have been looking into the failures. It seems that one of the earliest failures is due to an error from a try! within NSTask.launch(). This came in with this commit: https://github.com/apple/swift-corelibs-foundation/commit/4c6f04cfcad3d4b06688558021595d06751fc66a
>> Going by the docs for Foundation - The launch function apparently "Raises an NSInvalidArgumentException if the launch path has not been set or is invalid or if it fails to create a process."
>> My question is, should this be built into the Swift Foundation API? The documentation for Swift doesn't state that the launch function throws.
>> With the test that is failing expecting an error, it feels more Swift-y to have any errors throw explicitly, rather than looking at what the lower level fills the data with.
>> But before jumping into doing this, I would rather put it out there and see what the community feels about this?
> Unfortunately the ‘throws’ syntax in Swift often causes a mixup between two different things, because it flipped the terminology from what all of our documentation and header comments use.
> 1. Cocoa uses exceptions (@throw in ObjC) to indicate programmer errors and they are generally not intended to be recoverable. Example: passing nil where not expected, passing an invalid argument, failing to meet a precondition of an API.
> 2. Cocoa uses NSError ** to indicate runtime errors that are recoverable or at least presentable to user. Example: out of disk space, name of file already exists.
> The ‘throws’ syntax in Swift is actually for case #2, not #1. In Swift, #1 is fatalError or preconditionFailure. #2 is ‘throw Error’.
> In the case of NSTask, when the documentation says “raises an NSInvalidArgumentException” (#1) then in Swift, that should translate to fatalError or preconditionFailure.
> Hope this helps,
> - Tony
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