2007Re: [ploticus] Removing hard limits in ploticus
- Jun 5, 2007George, thanks for your comments.
The issues that can be addressed in the near term- I will try to get to,
especially the stability-related ones. The others are more ambitious but
I will add them to the list.
On Mon, 4 Jun 2007, George Hansper wrote:
> Hi Steve
> A couple of times now, I come up against some "hard" limits
> in ploticus, specifically in:
> #proc getdata
> commandmr: perl -e '
> ...perl script...
> and in
> #set variable = "Long,Comma,Separated,List"
> In particular, ploticus does not "fail gracefully" if these
> limits are exceeded. In the case of #set variable, ploticus
> does give an error:
> pl: error 1409: value is too long and has been truncated (#set dummy
> = @_SL01)
> IFF you exceed the limit (250 chars) by a little bit.
> However, exceed this limit by more than a little bit (using ~334 or more
> ploticus just crashes.
> Is there any interest in removing some of these hard-limits?
> Or (in the interests of keeping ploticus CGI-friendly) making these limits
> configurable in the ploticus.cnf file?
> I've had a quick look at the source, to see if I could tweak this limit
> anywhere, but I couldn't find a simple fix.
> In general, I like the fact the ploticus is very fast, and I would not
> suggest trading off speed for "features" (speed _is_ a feature :-)
> But things like 'flex' (aka lex) produce fast lexical scanners, and it
> should be
> possible to make ploticus more robust without sacrificing speed.
> George Hansper
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