portupgrade code question

Akinori MUSHA knu at iDaemons.org
Sat Jan 2 18:39:04 UTC 2010

At Fri, 1 Jan 2010 20:11:52 -0700,
James Harrison wrote:
> I've been reading the code for portupgrade and have come across something I don't understand at all.
> In the lib/portsdb.rb, the glob method starts on line 757.
> On line 773, as part of the glob method, we have the following:
> <---snip--->
>         # shortcut
>         if portinfo = port(pattern)
>           if block_given?
>             yield(portinfo)
>             return nil
>           else
>             return [portinfo]
>           end
>         end
>       end
> <---/snip--->
> Won't the condition "if portinfo = port(pattern)" always evaluate to true, as it's an assignation not a test? Is it meant to read if portinfo == port(pattern)?

What made you think port(pattern) always evaluates to true?  Whenever
a given pattern does not match anything port() returns a false value

When a given pattern represents an exact port there is no need to
perform further pattern matching.  That is the intention, a

Akinori MUSHA / http://akinori.org/
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