[Twisted-web] Different behaviour of Nevow loaders xmlstr and stan when used in macro methods.

Richard Wall m-lists at the-moon.net
Wed Jan 11 10:20:47 MST 2006

A few hours ago I posted a unit test to #twisted.web that I thought
demonstrated a problem I'm having with Nevow. It was wrong though, and
this is an updated version:


What the test is supposed to demonstrate, is a difference in the
behaviour of loaders.stan and loaders.xmlstr (or xmlfile).

The test contains a rend.Page class with a macro_pattern(ctx, name)
method. The purpose of the macro is to lookup patterns called "name"
from a nevow.loaders.* instance at self.patternFactory.

If a matching pattern is found in patternFactory, it's children are
inserted into the tag that called the macro otherwise the original
contents are returned instead. So given a patternFactory:

<div n:pattern="body">
	<p>Page specific Text</p>

...and docFactory:...

<div n:macro="pattern body">
	<p>Default text</p>

You'd get:
	<p>Default text</p>

That works fine with both loaders.stan and loaders.xmlstr. If however
the pattern its self uses the same macro, I get a recursion error in
loaders.xmlstr only. eg

<div n:pattern="body">
	<div n:macro="pattern menu">
			<li>Default menu</li>
	<p>Page specific Text</p>

I can understand why this might cause recursion, and i have managed to
fix it in my app by adding checks to the macro method. I just don't
understand why the xml and stan loaders don't behave the same. I have
tried to isolate where the recursion starts and it seems to be in
loaders.xmlstr.load (~L200):
doc = flatsax.parseString(self.template, self.ignoreDocType,
# recursion seems to start here.
doc = flat.precompile(doc, ctx)

...I can't work out how the stan version prevents the recursion though.

Has anyone come across this before? Is it a bug or just an unsupported
use of macros? If anyone has any ideas, I'd be grateful.

I hope to post a fuller example of what I'm trying to achieve with this
later. Something like what I remember of Zope, where child pages can
inherit page patterns from parent pages.
Richard Wall

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