Index of Predefined Functions

All functions with a Source of C, bool.fxl, math.fxl, list.fxl, hex.fxl, format.fxl, and main.fxl are automatically available to all Fexl programs. Others must be brought in explicitly, for example:

evaluate
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use_lib "date.fxl";
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Name Description Source
put Print to standard output without a trailing newline.
put "Hello"
put (* 3 4)
put ["x = "(* 3 4)" y = "(+ 47 56)]
C
nl Print a newline to standard output.
nl
C
say Print to standard output with a trailing newline. C
fput Print to a file handle without a trailing newline.
\fh=(fopen "result" "w")
fput fh ["x = "(* 3 4)" y = "(+ 47 56)]
C
fnl Print a newline to a file handle.
fnl fh
C
fsay Print to a file handle with a trailing newline. C
fflush Flush any pending output on a file handle.
fflush fh
C
+ (+ x y) is the sum of x and y. C
- (- x y) is x minus y. C
* (* x y) is the product of x and y. C
/ (/ x y) is x divided by y. C
^ (^ x y) is x raised to the power of y. C
xor (xor x y) is the bitwise exclusive-or of x and y, where x and y are cast as long integer values. C
round (round x) is x rounded to the nearest integer. C
trunc (trunc x) is the integer part of x, with the fractional part dropped. C
abs (abs x) is the absolute value of x. C
sqrt (sqrt x) is the square root of x. C
exp (exp x) is e raised to the power of x. C
log (log x) is the natural logarithm of x (base e). C
sin (sin x) is the trigonometric sine of x. C
cos (cos x) is the cosine of x. C
pi pi is the numeric constant π. C
lt (lt x y) is true if x is less than y. The arguments must be both numbers or both strings. C
le (le x y) is true if x is less than or equal to y. C
eq (eq x y) is true if x is equal to y. C
ne (ne x y) is true if x is not equal to y. C
ge (ge x y) is true if x is greater than or equal to y. C
gt (gt x y) is true if x is greater than y. C
I The identity function. (I x) = x. C
T The boolean value true. (T x y) = x. C
F The boolean value false. (F x y) = y. C
@ The fixpoint function, used for looping/recursion. It is defined to satisfy this equivalence:
(@ f) = (f (@ f))
C
void (void x) = void. This is the value returned by various functions when they cannot return a sensible result because their arguments are of the wrong type or otherwise erroneous. C
cons (cons x xs) is the list consisting of the element x followed by the list xs. It is equivalent to the expression [x;xs]. C
null null is the empty list. It is equivalent to the expression []. C
eval (eval x f) = (f y), where y is the value of x. This is used to force the evaluation of x before proceeding. Ordinarily you can avoid the explicit use of eval by using the = syntax, because eval A (\x B) is equivalent to \x=A B . C
once (once x) returns a value which defers the evaluation of x until it's needed, and then it evaluates only once. Example:
seed_rand 0
\x=(once; put "(CALC)" rand)
say x
say x
The output is:
(CALC)0.84018771715471
0.84018771715471
If instead you had defined x as \x==(put "(CALC)" rand)) , then the output would be:
(CALC)0.84018771715471
(CALC)0.394382926819093
C
later (later x) returns a value which defers the evaluation of x until it's needed. Most of the time you won't need this, because you can use the == syntax to defer evaluation. For example:
\talk==(say "hello")
talk talk
That says "hello" twice. However, in some rare cases you may want to evaluate an expression and have it return a value whose evaluation must be deferred until later.
C
is_defined (is_defined x) is true if x is not void. Does not evaluate x. C
is_void (is_void x) is true if the value of x is void. C
is_good (is_good x) is true if the value of x is not void. C
is_bool (is_bool x) is true if the value of x is boolean, either T or F. C
is_list (is_list x) is true if the value of x is a list, either null or (cons A B) C
. (. x y) is the concatenation of strings x and y. C
length (length x) is the length of string x. C
slice (slice str pos len) is the substring of str starting at position pos and proceeding for len characters. Positions start at zero. It clips as necessary to stay within the bounds of str. Returns void if pos or len is negative. C
search (search haystack needle offset) searches the string haystack for the first occurrence of the string needle, starting at the position offset. Returns the position of the first occurrence of needle, or void if not found. C
str_num (str_num x) converts the string x to a number, or void if the string is malformed. C
ord (ord x) is the ordinal number of the first ASCII character of string x. C
chr (chr x) is the ASCII character whose ordinal number is x. C
char_width (char_width str pos) is the width of the UTF-8 character which starts at the given position within the string. C
dirname (dirname x) strips the last component from file name x. See dirname(1). C
basename (basename x) strips the directory from file name x. See basename(1). C
length_common (length_common x y) Return the number of initial bytes which x and y have in common. C
is_str (is_str x) is true if x is a string. C
num_str (num_str x) converts the number x to a string. C
is_num (is_num x) is true if x is a number. C
is_tuple (is_tuple x) is true if x is a tuple. For example:
(is_tuple {}) = T
(is_tuple {"a"}) = T
(is_tuple {"a" 3.2}) = T
(is_tuple "a") = F
C
arity (arity x) is the number of elements in tuple x. For example:
(arity {}) = 0
(arity {"a"}) = 1
(arity {"a" 3.2}) = 2
(arity "a") = void
C
split_tuple (split_tuple x A B) return A if tuple x is empty, otherwise return (B left item), where left is the left part of the tuple, and item is the last item in the tuple. For example:
split_tuple {} A B = A
split_tuple {"a" "b" "c"} A B = (B {"a" "b"} "c")
C
join_tuple (join_tuple xs x) forms a new tuple by combining tuple xs on the left with item x on the right. For example:
join_tuple {"a" "b"} "c" = {"a" "b" "c"}
C
stdin stdin is the standard input of the current process. C
stdout stdout is the standard output of the current process. C
stderr stderr is the standard error of the current process. C
fopen (fopen path mode) opens a file and returns fh, where fh is the open file handle, or void on failure. C
fclose (fclose fh) closes the file handle fh, and also sets fh to void so it doesn't core dump if you mistakenly try to close it again. C
fgetc (fgetc fh) returns the next single byte from the file, or void if none. C
fget (fget fh) returns the next UTF-8 character from the file, or void if none. C
remove (remove path) remove path from the file system; return 0 if successful or -1 otherwise. C
is_newer (is_newer file1 file2 returns true if file1 is newer than file2. If either file is missing, it returns true, which makes the most sense for caching operations.

It currently uses resolution only down to the whole second. I could potentially use nanosecond resolution, but that feature is not available on some older machines I use.

C
flock_ex (flock_ex fh) obtains an exclusive lock on the file handle, blocking as long as necessary. C
flock_sh (flock_sh fh) obtains a shared lock on the file handle, blocking as long as necessary. C
flock_un (flock_un fh) releases any locks on the file handle. C
readlink (readlink file) calls readlink on the file name (See man 2 readlink). C
mkdir (mkdir path mode) Attempt to create a directory named path. (See man 2 mkdir). Example:
\code=(mkdir "docs" (oct "775"))
C
rmdir (rmdir path) Attempt to delete the directory named path. (See man 2 rmdir). Example:
\code=(rmdir "docs")
C
ftruncate C
fseek_set C
fseek_cur C
fseek_end C
ftell C
fread C
mkfile C
dir_names C
die die exits immediately with exit code 1. C
argv (argv n) returns the command line argument at position n, starting at 0. Returns void if n is less than 0 or greater than or equal to argc (the argument count). C
sleep (sleep n) Sleep for n seconds. C
seed_rand (seed_rand x) seeds the pseudo-random number generator with a number x between 0 and 1. It multiplies x by RAND_MAX and calls srand(3). C
rand rand returns a pseudo-random number in the range 0 through 1. It calls rand(3) and divides by RAND_MAX. Note that these numbers are not cryptographically strong. C
parse (parse source label) parse the source, using the given label for any syntax error messages, and return the resulting form. The source may be a file handle, a string, or an istr (string iterator). C
parse_file (parse_file name) parse the named file and return the resulting form. C
evaluate (evaluate context exp) resolves the names in the expression using the given context and evaluates the result. C
resolve (resolve context exp) resolves the names in the expression using the given context and returns the result for later evaluation. C
standard standard refers to the the current context used in the enclosing call to evaluate or resolve. This is the function which maps each name in an expression (other than "standard" itself) to its definition. C
buf_new buf_new returns a new empty character buffer. Example:
\buf=buf_new
C
buf_put (buf_put buf str) appends the string to the buffer.
buf_put buf "abcdef"
C
buf_get (buf_get buf) clear the buffer and return str, where str is the current content of the buffer.
\str=(buf_get buf)
C
readstr C
sgetc C
sget C
var_new C
var_get C
var_put C
is_var C
limit_time C
limit_memory C
limit_stack C
and (and x y) is the logical and (conjunction) of boolean values x and y. bool.fxl
not (not x) is the logical negation of the boolean value x. bool.fxl
or (or x y) is the logical or (disjunction) of boolean values x and y. bool.fxl
neg (neg x) is the negative of number x. math.fxl
max (max x y) is the maximum of numbers x and y. math.fxl
min (min x y) is the minimum of numbers x and y. math.fxl
mod (mod x n) is x modulo n. It is defined as:
\mod=(\x\n - x; * n; trunc; / x n)
math.fxl
tau tau is the numeric constant 2*π. math.fxl
round2 (round2 x) is x rounded to two decimal places. math.fxl
append (append x y) is the list consisting of the elements of list x followed by the elements of list y. list.fxl
each list.fxl
map list.fxl
map_good list.fxl
filter list.fxl
reverse (reverse x) is the list consisting of the elements of list x in reverse order. list.fxl
append_all list.fxl
g_sort list.fxl
unique list.fxl
sort list.fxl
fold list.fxl
first list.fxl
skip list.fxl
list_sum list.fxl
list_length list.fxl
is_null list.fxl
range list.fxl
list_at list.fxl
list_combine list.fxl
column list.fxl
shift list.fxl
match_column list.fxl
stream_values list.fxl
get_list list.fxl
to_str list.fxl
get_str list.fxl
list_str list.fxl
str_bytes list.fxl
str_chars list.fxl
str_map list.fxl
join list.fxl
join_path list.fxl
split list.fxl
file_bytes list.fxl
file_content list.fxl
hex_digit hex.fxl
hex_byte hex.fxl
hex_digit_to_dec hex.fxl
map_hex_to_raw_bytes hex.fxl
map_raw_bytes_to_hex hex.fxl
xor_hex hex.fxl
oct (oct x) Convert octal string to a number. hex.fxl
hex (hex x) Convert hexadecimal string to a number. hex.fxl
format_num format.fxl
format_money format.fxl
fexl_quote format.fxl
uc (uc x) is string x converted to all upper-case. format.fxl
lc (lc x) is string x converted to all lower-case. format.fxl
render_data format.fxl
render_list format.fxl
fput_data format.fxl
fput_list format.fxl
put_data format.fxl
put_list format.fxl
show_data format.fxl
data_to_str format.fxl
str_to_data format.fxl
define main.fxl
if (if x y) is y if the condition x is true, otherwise I (the identity function). It is used to evaluate y for its side-effects if the condition is true, otherwise do nothing and proceed. It is defined as:
\if=(\x\y x y I)
main.fxl
with main.fxl
TAB main.fxl
NL main.fxl
CR main.fxl
LF main.fxl
QU main.fxl
check main.fxl
use_file main.fxl
use_lib main.fxl
use main.fxl
path_under main.fxl
dir_base main.fxl
dir_local main.fxl
error main.fxl
long_month_names date.fxl
short_month_names date.fxl
long_month_name date.fxl
short_month_name date.fxl
date_year date.fxl
date_month date.fxl
date_ymd date.fxl
date_normal date.fxl
date_quarter date.fxl
month_ym date.fxl
ym_month date.fxl
ymd_date date.fxl
month_before date.fxl
month_after date.fxl
ym_num_days date.fxl
fill_day date.fxl
day_after date.fxl
date_end_prev_month date.fxl
date_end_prev_quarter date.fxl
date_end_prev_year date.fxl
same_quarter date.fxl
count_days date.fxl
day_of_week date.fxl
add_days date.fxl
add_year date.fxl
quote_ch html.fxl
quote html.fxl
colgroup html.fxl
_tag html.fxl
tag html.fxl
tr html.fxl
put_quote_data html.fxl
put_quote_list html.fxl
encode_percent html.fxl
make_url html.fxl
read_csv_chars read_csv.fxl
read_csv_file read_csv.fxl
read_ssv_chars read_ssv.fxl
read_ssv_file read_ssv.fxl
index_put index.fxl
index_get index.fxl
index_put_pairs index.fxl
index_pairs index.fxl
show_index index.fxl