[racket] raco exe difficutly with Release 5.3.1 & stateless web server

From: Neil Toronto (neil.toronto at gmail.com)
Date: Tue Jan 29 15:29:19 EST 2013

On 01/29/2013 12:00 PM, Galler wrote:
> *Preliminary Solution:*
> I will send more info in more detail when I've got a test case,  also I
> need to test against 5.3.1 (works on 5.3) but:
> 1) The cause of the flomap  exception was a user-code dependency on the
> racket library* stepper.rkt* in a *#lang web server module*, complied
> under *raco exe*
> 2) The dependency arose through a *(require macro-debugger/stepper)* in
> multiple *#lang racket *sub-modules, again within user-code
> 3) this particular dependency was completely unneccessary for production
> code, and was eliminated by the user.
> I believe my problem is of limited general interest and does not
> demonstrate any significant flaws in Racket 5.3.1.

Not significant, no. I'm curious about how this happened, though.

The module "macro-debugger/view/stepper.rkt" uses `images/flomap' only 
at expansion time. It works like all the other Racket GUI programs that 
use icons and logos from the `images' collection. It renders them at 
expansion time as flomaps, converts the flomaps to bitmaps, encodes the 
bitmaps as PNGs, and inlines the PNGs as bytes expressions. At runtime, 
all it does is run the bytes through a PNG decoder.

Example code taken from "stepper.rkt":

#lang racket

(require images/compile-time
          (for-syntax images/icons/arrow images/icons/style))

(define navigate-up-icon
   (compiled-bitmap (up-arrow-icon #:color syntax-icon-color
                                   #:height (toolbar-icon-height))))

The definition expands to (define navigate-up-icon (load-png 

In your program, (require macro-debugger/stepper) should load a ".zo" 
file, which has already been fully expanded and compiled. Anything that 
had to do with flomaps should have already been done.

I know next to nothing about compiling executables for Racket code, 
though. Can someone who knows more than I do explain what happened?

Neil ⊥

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