No line number for: syntax: unexpected ")"

Is there a way to get syntax messages like this to show a line number?

syntax: unexpected “)”

from a technical point of view, no, because you can’t be sure which line is actually “missing” a ), but I agree this is very annoying


Presumably it could at least show the line number for the unmatched (?

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Actually if it’s an unexpected ) then it is known on which line that occurs.


It is shown for me in the stacktrace in Julia 1.5:

shell> cat /tmp/tmp.jl

julia> include("/tmp/tmp.jl");
ERROR: LoadError: syntax: extra token ")" after end of expression
 [1] top-level scope at /tmp/tmp.jl:1
 [2] include(::String) at ./client.jl:457
 [3] top-level scope at REPL[72]:1
in expression starting at /tmp/tmp.jl:1

I’m using 1.4.2. Maybe its a Jupyter thing? Below is my output. Other errors are flagged with a line number in the stacktrace, but extra ( or [ are not.


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I have also perceived this behavior, and it is very annoying.

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Yes, perhaps open an issue for Jupyter.

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It’s already fixed if you use IJulia with Julia 1.5:

With previous Julia versions, we had to re-implement include_string in order to do the soft-scoping transformation, and lost some line-number information in the process.


Thanks. I’ll be upgrading today.