Hi Denis,

On 11 April 2018 at 17:16, Denis Kudriashov <dionisi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 2018-04-11 17:02 GMT+02:00 Sven Van Caekenberghe <s...@stfx.eu>:
>> > On 11 Apr 2018, at 16:36, Sven Van Caekenberghe <s...@stfx.eu> wrote:
>> >
>> > I can make your example, using the Zn variants, work with the following
>> > change:
>> >
>> > StdioStream>>#atEnd
>> >  ^ peekBuffer isNil or: [ (peekBuffer := self next) isNil ]
>> Argh, make that
>> atEnd
>>   ^ peekBuffer isNil and: [ (peekBuffer := self next) isNil ]
> But discussion exactly about "self next isNil": how to avoid it.

Apologies in advance for being pedantic, but...

Do you really mean this (that the discussion is about how to avoid
testing "self next isNil")?

My argument has been that without making #atEnd blocking it is not
possible to avoid the test (and we don't want to make #atEnd
blocking).  All the existing stream code that deals with character /
byte streams does this test (see my "unwritten rules" from a previous
reply).  We don't want to make #atEnd blocking, so we need to keep the
test (and my personal opinion is that changing the Zinc streams to
adopt this approach does not add any significant architectural

Assuming we reach agreement on the above, we do need to make the
"unwritten rules" written. If we reach a different agreement we should
document that.


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