Eric Roller's Development Blog

Quite often I find myself in the Terminal and want to open Xcode with the project in the current directory:

% open CurrentProject.xcodeproj

This works just fine, of course, but with the following alias (added to ~/.cshrc), I don't need to know the name of the project, assuming there is always only one project in the current directory:

% alias xcode '\ls | grep xcodeproj | xargs open'
% xcode

N.B. The use of \ls ignores the alias that I have for 'ls'. Instead of ls *.xcodeproj, the pipe via grep avoids errors like "ls: No match.".

P.S. Knowing the name of the project is actually not the problem; since there are multiple items named "Current" or "CurrentProject" in the same folder, the issue is that I can't just type open SHIFT+C<TAB><CR> (where pressing TAB autocompletes the name); instead, I have to type: open SHIFT+C<TAB>SHIFT+P<TAB>.x<TAB><CR>.


The Xcode text editor invocation tool xed can achieve much the same thing; just type:

% xed .

Puzzled by a crash in my application, on a line of code that looked reasonable, it became necessary to dig a little deeper in how some of my Decimal numbers are created:

let newValue = Decimal.init(binary.maskedUInt64Value)

After testing a series of different 64-bit integer values, I found this:

(lldb) po Decimal.init(UInt64.max - 1024)
▿ 18446744073709547520
  ▿ _mantissa : 8 elements
    - .0 : 38912
    - .1 : 39321
    - .2 : 39321
    - .3 : 6553
    - .4 : 0
    - .5 : 0
    - .6 : 0
    - .7 : 0

(lldb) po Decimal.init(UInt64.max - 1023)
error: warning: couldn't get required object pointer (substituting NULL): Couldn't load 'self' because its value couldn't be evaluated

error: Execution was interrupted, reason: EXC_BAD_INSTRUCTION (code=EXC_I386_INVOP, subcode=0x0).
The process has been returned to the state before expression evaluation.

It turns out, any UInt64 value in the range from (UInt64.max - 1023) to UInt64.max crashes Decimal.init(value: UInt64). So, for the time being, I need to prevent values within that range. Here is a possible solution:

let intValue = binary.maskedUInt64Value
var newValue: Decimal
if intValue > UInt64.max - 1024 {
    newValue = Decimal.init(UInt64.max - 1024)    // larger values crash!
    newValue.add(Decimal.init(intValue - (UInt64.max - 1024)))
} else {
    newValue = Decimal.init(intValue)

Building on this, one can employ an extension with a custom initializer. In places where such very large numbers may occur, one could then use: Decimal.init(protected: binary.maskedUInt64Value).

extension Decimal {
    init(protected value: UInt64) {
        if value > UInt64.max - 1024 {
            self.init(UInt64.max - 1024)     // larger values crash!
            self.add(Decimal.init(value - (UInt64.max - 1024)))
        } else {