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Re: How to “namespace” an autoloaded function?

On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 12:36 AM Marlon Richert
<marlon.richert@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 10/25/21, Bart Schaefer <schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 2:17 AM Marlon Richert <marlon.richert@xxxxxxxxx>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> What would be the canonical way to make the body of function 'foo.bar' be
> >> autoloaded from '/some/path/to/bar'?
> >
> > There isn't a "canonical" way, really.  The autoload mechanism is
> > entirely dependent on the file name and the function name being the
> > same.
> Can you think of another way to do this than to autoload the function
> and copy it to a new function?

No.  There is no mechanism for changing the name of a function while
autoloading it.

There is a way you could automatically initialize such a namespace,
but it's not exactly the same as loading it on demand in the way your
use of the term "autoload" implies.  Also, if a function bar calls
another function baz, invoking the body of bar as foo.bar won't run
foo.baz under any circumstances I can imagine, so this whole idea of
namespaces falls apart pretty quickly if there is any interdependency
(or recursion that doesn't reference $0).

> Also, what would be the best way to do this in batch form? That is, I
> want to autoload _all_ function files from a particular dir as
> foo.<filename> instead of just <filename>.

Initializing the namespace goes something like this:

source <(
unfunction -m \*
autoload +X $^fpath/*(N)
for f in ${(k)functions}
  functions -c $f foo.$f
  unfunction $f

To get something more like on-demand loading, replace the "functions"
at the end with

zcompile -c $TMPPREFIX.foo
print "fpath+=($TMPPREFIX.foo.zwc);
autoload ${(k)functions}"

but that mostly saves memory rather than time because you still have
to pre-load all the function sources.  (Note I did not actually test
this, so it may need adjustment.)

If your namespaces are known in advance you can create the zcompile
files in a more permanent location, and then you only have to build
them once (or each time /some/path/to changes contents).

> > alias -s bar='namespacedfunction'
> Would this work when calling foo.bar from inside a function that was
> loaded with `autoload -U`?

No, it would not.

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