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Subject: "An operation first awaited" error needs to be clearer
From: "David E." <david [...]>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2018 17:34:08 -0500
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I've wasted more time than I should've the past few days trying to understand what this message means.  At a minimum the documentation should be updated, but preferably the error message itself should be clarified.

The example on is not entirely clear, and did not at all match the scenario I was hitting.  The provided stack trace also fails to point to the source of the issue.

A trivialized example:
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say "Test await after fulfillment";
my $p =;
my $vow = $p.vow;
await $p;

Results in:
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An operation first awaited:
  in block <unit> at ../test.pl6 line 5

Died with the exception:
      in block <unit> at ../test.pl6 line 5

This haiku-like message simply means that the Promise/Vow has been broken.  Farther, the exception points to the "await $p" line, when it's really the "$vow.break" line that's responsible for the trouble.

I'd suggest a better error message in this case (if possible) would be something like:
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A Promise was broken by ../test.pl6 line 4 awaited upon
  in block <unit> at ../test.pl6 line 5

Died with the exception:
      in block <unit> at ../test.pl6 line 5

Just trying to do my part to make Perl6 better ;-)
- David

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