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# scanf for Ruby
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# A product of the Austin Ruby Codefest (Austin, Texas, August 2002)


=scanf for Ruby


scanf for Ruby is an implementation of the C function scanf(3),
modified as necessary for Ruby compatibility.

The methods provided are String#scanf, IO#scanf, and
Kernel#scanf. Kernel#scanf is a wrapper around STDIN.scanf.  IO#scanf
can be used on any IO stream, including file handles and sockets.
scanf can be called either with or without a block.

scanf for Ruby scans an input string or stream according to a
<b>format</b>, as described below ("Conversions"), and returns an
array of matches between the format and the input.  The format is
defined in a string, and is similar (though not identical) to the
formats used in Kernel#printf and Kernel#sprintf.

The format may contain <b>conversion specifiers</b>, which tell scanf
what form (type) each particular matched substring should be converted
to (e.g., decimal integer, floating point number, literal string,
etc.)  The matches and conversions take place from left to right, and
the conversions themselves are returned as an array.

The format string may also contain characters other than those in the
conversion specifiers.  White space (blanks, tabs, or newlines) in the
format string matches any amount of white space, including none, in
the input.  Everything else matches only itself.

Scanning stops, and scanf returns, when any input character fails to
match the specifications in the format string, or when input is
exhausted, or when everything in the format string has been
matched. All matches found up to the stopping point are returned in
the return array (or yielded to the block, if a block was given).

==Basic usage

   require 'scanf.rb'

   # String#scanf and IO#scanf take a single argument (a format string)
   array = aString.scanf("%d%s")
   array = anIO.scanf("%d%s")

   # Kernel#scanf reads from STDIN
   array = scanf("%d%s")

==Block usage

When called with a block, scanf keeps scanning the input, cycling back
to the beginning of the format string, and yields a new array of
conversions to the block every time the format string is matched
(including partial matches, but not including complete failures).  The
actual return value of scanf when called with a block is an array
containing the results of all the executions of the block. 

   str = "123 abc 456 def 789 ghi"
   str.scanf("%d%s") { |num,str| [ num * 2, str.upcase ] }
     # => [[246, "ABC"], [912, "DEF"], [1578, "GHI"]]


The single argument to scanf is a format string, which generally
includes one or more conversion specifiers. Conversion specifiers
begin with the percent character ('%') and include information about
what scanf should next scan for (string, decimal number, single
character, etc.).

There may be an optional maximum field width, expressed as a decimal
integer, between the % and the conversion. If no width is given, a
default of `infinity' is used (with the exception of the %c specifier;
see below).  Otherwise, given a field width of <em>n</em> for a given
conversion, at most <em>n</em> characters are scanned in processing
that conversion.  Before conversion begins, most conversions skip
white space in the input string; this white space is not counted
against the field width.

The following conversions are available. (See the files EXAMPLES
and <tt>tests/scanftests.rb</tt> for examples.)

  Matches a literal `%'. That is, `%%' in the format string matches a
  single input `%' character. No conversion is done, and the resulting
  '%' is not included in the return array.

  Matches an optionally signed decimal integer.

  Same as d.

  Matches an optionally signed integer. The integer is read in base
  16 if it begins with `0x' or `0X', in base 8 if it begins with `0',
  and in base 10 other- wise. Only characters that correspond to the
  base are recognized.

  Matches an optionally signed octal integer.

  Matches an optionally signed hexadecimal integer,

  Matches an optionally signed floating-point number.

  Matches a sequence of non-white-space character. The input string stops at
  white space or at the maximum field width, whichever occurs first.

  Matches a single character, or a sequence of <em>n</em> characters if a
  field width of <em>n</em> is specified. The usual skip of leading white
  space is suppressed. To skip white space first, use an explicit space in
  the format.

  Matches a nonempty sequence of characters from the specified set
  of accepted characters.  The usual skip of leading white space is
  suppressed.  This bracketed sub-expression is interpreted exactly like a
  character class in a Ruby regular expression.  (In fact, it is placed as-is
  in a regular expression.)  The matching against the input string ends with
  the appearance of a character not in (or, with a circumflex, in) the set,
  or when the field width runs out, whichever comes first.

===Assignment suppression

To require that a particular match occur, but without including the result
in the return array, place the <b>assignment suppression flag</b>, which is
the star character ('*'), immediately after the leading '%' of a format
specifier (just before the field width, if any).


See the files <tt>EXAMPLES</tt> and <tt>tests/scanftests.rb</tt>.

==scanf for Ruby compared with scanf in C

scanf for Ruby is based on the C function scanf(3), but with modifications,
dictated mainly by the underlying differences between the languages.

===Unimplemented flags and specifiers

* The only flag implemented in scanf for Ruby is '<tt>*</tt>' (ignore
  upcoming conversion). Many of the flags available in C versions of scanf(4)
  have to do with the type of upcoming pointer arguments, and are literally
  meaningless in Ruby.

* The <tt>n</tt> specifier (store number of characters consumed so far in
  next pointer) is not implemented.

* The <tt>p</tt> specifier (match a pointer value) is not implemented.

===Altered specifiers

  In scanf for Ruby, all of these specifiers scan for an optionally signed
  integer, rather than for an unsigned integer like their C counterparts.

===Return values

scanf for Ruby returns an array of successful conversions, whereas
scanf(3) returns the number of conversions successfully
completed. (See below for more details on scanf for Ruby's return

==Return values

Without a block, scanf returns an array containing all the conversions
it has found. If none are found, scanf will return an empty array. An
unsuccesful match is never ignored, but rather always signals the end
of the scanning operation. If the first unsuccessful match takes place
after one or more successful matches have already taken place, the
returned array will contain the results of those successful matches.

With a block scanf returns a 'map'-like array of transformations from
the block -- that is, an array reflecting what the block did with each
yielded result from the iterative scanf operation.  (See "Block
usage", above.)

==Test suite

scanf for Ruby includes a suite of unit tests (requiring the
<tt>TestUnit</tt> package), which can be run with the command <tt>ruby
tests/scanftests.rb</tt> or the command <tt>make test</tt>.

==Current limitations and bugs

When using IO#scanf under Windows, make sure you open your files in
binary mode:"filename", "rb")

so that scanf can keep track of characters correctly.

Support for character classes is reasonably complete (since it
essentially piggy-backs on Ruby's regular expression handling of
character classes), but users are advised that character class testing
has not been exhaustive, and that they should exercise some caution
in using any of the more complex and/or arcane character class

==Technical notes

===Rationale behind scanf for Ruby

The impetus for a scanf implementation in Ruby comes chiefly from the fact
that existing pattern matching operations, such as Regexp#match and
String#scan, return all results as strings, which have to be converted to
integers or floats explicitly in cases where what's ultimately wanted are
integer or float values.

===Design of scanf for Ruby

scanf for Ruby is essentially a <format string>-to-<regular
expression> converter.

When scanf is called, a FormatString object is generated from the
format string ("%d%s...") argument. The FormatString object breaks the
format string down into atoms ("%d", "%5f", "blah", etc.), and from
each atom it creates a FormatSpecifier object, which it

Each FormatSpecifier has a regular expression fragment and a "handler"
associated with it. For example, the regular expression fragment
associated with the format "%d" is "([-+]?\d+)", and the handler
associated with it is a wrapper around String#to_i. scanf itself calls
FormatString#match, passing in the input string. FormatString#match
iterates through its FormatSpecifiers; for each one, it matches the
corresponding regular expression fragment against the string. If
there's a match, it sends the matched string to the handler associated
with the FormatSpecifier.

Thus, to follow up the "%d" example: if "123" occurs in the input
string when a FormatSpecifier consisting of "%d" is reached, the "123"
will be matched against "([-+]?\d+)", and the matched string will be
rendered into an integer by a call to to_i.

The rendered match is then saved to an accumulator array, and the
input string is reduced to the post-match substring. Thus the string
is "eaten" from the left as the FormatSpecifiers are applied in
sequence.  (This is done to a duplicate string; the original string is
not altered.)

As soon as a regular expression fragment fails to match the string, or
when the FormatString object runs out of FormatSpecifiers, scanning
stops and results accumulated so far are returned in an array.

==License and copyright

Copyright:: (c) 2002-2003 David Alan Black
License:: Distributed on the same licensing terms as Ruby itself

==Warranty disclaimer

This software is provided "as is" and without any express or implied
warranties, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of
merchantibility and fitness for a particular purpose.

==Credits and acknowledgements

scanf for Ruby was developed as the major activity of the Austin
Ruby Codefest (Austin, Texas, August 2002).

Principal author:: David Alan Black (
Co-author:: Hal Fulton (
Project contributors:: Nolan Darilek, Jason Johnston

Thanks to Hal Fulton for hosting the Codefest.

Thanks to Matz for suggestions about the class design.  

Thanks to Gavin Sinclair for some feedback on the documentation.

The text for parts of this document, especially the Description and
Conversions sections, above, were adapted from the Linux Programmer's
Manual manpage for scanf(3), dated 1995-11-01.

==Bugs and bug reports

scanf for Ruby is based on something of an amalgam of C scanf
implementations and documentation, rather than on a single canonical
description. Suggestions for features and behaviors which appear in
other scanfs, and would be meaningful in Ruby, are welcome, as are
reports of suspicious behaviors and/or bugs. (Please see "Credits and
acknowledgements", above, for email addresses.)


module Scanf

  class FormatSpecifier

    attr_reader :re_string, :matched_string, :conversion, :matched


    def skip;  /^\s*%\*/.match(@spec_string); end

    def extract_float(s); s.to_f if s &&! skip; end
    def extract_decimal(s); s.to_i if s &&! skip; end
    def extract_hex(s); s.hex if s &&! skip; end
    def extract_octal(s); s.oct if s &&! skip; end
    def extract_integer(s); Integer(s) if s &&! skip; end
    def extract_plain(s); s unless skip; end

    def nil_proc(s); nil; end


    def to_s

    def count_space?

    def initialize(str)
      @spec_string = str
      h = '[A-Fa-f0-9]'

      @re_string, @handler = 
        case @spec_string

          # %[[:...:]]
        when /%\*?(\[\[:[a-z]+:\]\])/
          [ "(#{$1}+)", :extract_plain ]

          # %5[[:...:]]
        when /%\*?(\d+)(\[\[:[a-z]+:\]\])/
          [ "(#{$2}{1,#{$1}})", :extract_plain ]

          # %[...]
        when /%\*?\[([^\]]*)\]/
          yes = $1
          if /^\^/.match(yes) then no = yes[1..-1] else no = '^' + yes end
          [ "([#{yes}]+)(?=[#{no}]|\\z)", :extract_plain ]

          # %5[...]
        when /%\*?(\d+)\[([^\]]*)\]/
          yes = $2
          w = $1
          [ "([#{yes}]{1,#{w}})", :extract_plain ]

          # %i
        when /%\*?i/
          [ "([-+]?(?:(?:0[0-7]+)|(?:0[Xx]#{h}+)|(?:[1-9]\\d*)))", :extract_integer ]

          # %5i
        when /%\*?(\d+)i/
          n = $1.to_i
          s = "("
          if n > 1 then s += "[1-9]\\d{1,#{n-1}}|" end
          if n > 1 then s += "0[0-7]{1,#{n-1}}|" end
          if n > 2 then s += "[-+]0[0-7]{1,#{n-2}}|" end
          if n > 2 then s += "[-+][1-9]\\d{1,#{n-2}}|" end
          if n > 2 then s += "0[Xx]#{h}{1,#{n-2}}|" end
          if n > 3 then s += "[-+]0[Xx]#{h}{1,#{n-3}}|" end
          s += "\\d"
          s += ")"
          [ s, :extract_integer ]

          # %d, %u
        when /%\*?[du]/
          [ '([-+]?\d+)', :extract_decimal ]

          # %5d, %5u
        when /%\*?(\d+)[du]/
          n = $1.to_i
          s = "("
          if n > 1 then s += "[-+]\\d{1,#{n-1}}|" end
          s += "\\d{1,#{$1}})"
          [ s, :extract_decimal ]

          # %x
        when /%\*?[Xx]/
          [ "([-+]?(?:0[Xx])?#{h}+)", :extract_hex ]

          # %5x
        when /%\*?(\d+)[Xx]/
          n = $1.to_i
          s = "("
          if n > 3 then s += "[-+]0[Xx]#{h}{1,#{n-3}}|" end
          if n > 2 then s += "0[Xx]#{h}{1,#{n-2}}|" end
          if n > 1 then s += "[-+]#{h}{1,#{n-1}}|" end
          s += "#{h}{1,#{n}}"
          s += ")"
          [ s, :extract_hex ]

          # %o
        when /%\*?o/
          [ '([-+]?[0-7]+)', :extract_octal ]

          # %5o
        when /%\*?(\d+)o/
          [ "([-+][0-7]{1,#{$1.to_i-1}}|[0-7]{1,#{$1}})", :extract_octal ]

          # %f
        when /%\*?f/
          [ '([-+]?((\d+(?>(?=[^\d.]|$)))|(\d*(\.(\d*([eE][-+]?\d+)?)))))', :extract_float ]

          # %5f
        when /%\*?(\d+)f/
          [ "(\\S{1,#{$1}})", :extract_float ]

          # %5s
        when /%\*?(\d+)s/
          [ "(\\S{1,#{$1}})", :extract_plain ]

          # %s
        when /%\*?s/
          [ '(\S+)', :extract_plain ]

          # %c
        when /\s%\*?c/
          [ "\\s*(.)", :extract_plain ]

          # %c
        when /%\*?c/
          [ "(.)", :extract_plain ]

          # %5c (whitespace issues are handled by the count_*_space? methods)
        when /%\*?(\d+)c/
          [ "(.{1,#{$1}})", :extract_plain ]

          # %%
        when /%%/
          [ '(\s*%)', :nil_proc ]

          # literal characters
          [ "(#{Regexp.escape(@spec_string)})", :nil_proc ]

      @re_string = '\A' + @re_string

    def to_re,Regexp::MULTILINE)

    def match(str)
      @matched = false
      s = str.dup
      s.sub!(/\A\s+/,'') unless count_space?
      res = to_re.match(s)
      if res
        @conversion = send(@handler, res[1])
        @matched_string = @conversion.to_s
        @matched = true

    def letter

    def width
      w = /%\*?(\d+)/.match(@spec_string).to_a[1]
      w && w.to_i

    def mid_match?
      return false unless @matched
      cc_no_width    = letter == '[' &&! width
      c_or_cc_width  = (letter == 'c' || letter == '[') && width
      width_left     = c_or_cc_width && (matched_string.size < width)

      return width_left || cc_no_width

  class FormatString

    attr_reader :string_left, :last_spec_tried,
                :last_match_tried, :matched_count, :space

    SPECIFIERS = 'diuXxofeEgsc'
    REGEX = /
        # possible space, followed by...
          # percent sign, followed by...
            # another percent sign, or...
        	 # optional assignment suppression flag
        	 # optional maximum field width
        	   # named character class, ...
        	   # traditional character class, or...
        	   # specifier letter.
            # or miscellaneous characters

    def initialize(str)
      @specs = []
      @i = 1
      s = str.to_s
      return unless /\S/.match(s)
      @space = true if /\s\z/.match(s)
      @specs.replace s.scan(REGEX).map {|spec| }

    def to_s

    def prune(n=matched_count)
      n.times { @specs.shift }

    def spec_count

    def last_spec
      @i == spec_count - 1

    def match(str)
      accum = []
      @string_left = str
      @matched_count = 0

      @specs.each_with_index do |spec,@i|
        @last_spec_tried = spec
        @last_match_tried = spec.match(@string_left)
        break unless @last_match_tried
        @matched_count += 1

        accum << spec.conversion

        @string_left = @last_match_tried.post_match
        break if @string_left.empty?
      return accum.compact

class IO

# The trick here is doing a match where you grab one *line*
# of input at a time.  The linebreak may or may not occur
# at the boundary where the string matches a format specifier.
# And if it does, some rule about whitespace may or may not
# be in effect...
# That's why this is much more elaborate than the string
# version.
# For each line:
# Match succeeds (non-emptily)
# and the last attempted spec/string sub-match succeeded:
#   could the last spec keep matching?
#     yes: save interim results and continue (next line)
# The last attempted spec/string did not match:
# are we on the next-to-last spec in the string?
#   yes:
#     is fmt_string.string_left all spaces?
#       yes: does current spec care about input space?
#         yes: fatal failure
#         no: save interim results and continue
#   no: continue  [this state could be analyzed further]

  def scanf(str,&b)
    return block_scanf(str,&b) if b
    return [] unless str.size > 0

    start_position = pos rescue 0
    matched_so_far = 0
    source_buffer = ""
    result_buffer = []
    final_result = []

    fstr =

    loop do
      if eof || (tty? &&! fstr.match(source_buffer))

      source_buffer << gets

      current_match = fstr.match(source_buffer)

      spec = fstr.last_spec_tried

      if spec.matched
        if spec.mid_match?

      elsif (fstr.matched_count == fstr.spec_count - 1)
        if /\A\s*\z/.match(fstr.string_left)
          break if spec.count_space?


      matched_so_far += source_buffer.size
      matched_so_far -= source_buffer.size
      break if fstr.last_spec
    seek(start_position + matched_so_far, IO::SEEK_SET) rescue Errno::ESPIPE
    soak_up_spaces if fstr.last_spec &&

    return final_result


  def soak_up_spaces
    c = getc
    ungetc(c) if c
    until eof ||! c || /\S/.match(c.chr)
      c = getc
    ungetc(c) if (c && /\S/.match(c.chr))

  def block_scanf(str)
    final = []
# Sub-ideal, since another FS gets created in scanf.
# But used here to determine the number of specifiers.
    fstr =
    last_spec = fstr.last_spec
      current = scanf(str)
      break if current.empty?
    end until eof || fstr.last_spec_tried == last_spec
    return final

class String

  def scanf(fstr,&b)
    if b
      fs = 
        if fstr.is_a? Scanf::FormatString


  def block_scanf(fstr,&b)
    fs =
    str = self.dup
    final = []
      current = str.scanf(fs)
      final.push(yield(current)) unless current.empty?
      str = fs.string_left
    end until current.empty? || str.empty?
    return final

module Kernel
  def scanf(fs,&b)