# Sculpin Macros

Today I spent some time wrangling Sculpin in order to get
Twig macros working. It’s not been an easy process, and it’s something
that I’ve attempted in the past as well. I found a couple places
recommending solutions, but none of those suggestions
worked in Sculpin 2.0.0. It’s very possible that it worked at some point in
the past, but not now.

Ideally, I wanted to import like this:

{% from 'macros.twig' import tag %}


The import statement never seemed to fail, so long as I remembered that
Sculpin requires me to leave off the file extension. The issue, it seemed, was
the calling of the macro itself, where I invariably received the following
message:

Call to undefined method __TwigTemplate_e4fec526a0192fd2201695c9f117fb116c9eeabba0763692755a11c61b80cc53::gettag()


Twig has no problem with this under normal circumstances. My conclusion was that
Sculpin was somehow screwing things up. I immediately checked the Twig version
to ensure it was at least somewhat up-to-date. Sculpin uses a Twig version
between 1.9.0 and 2.0, and though that’s not particularly specific, it was
enough to let me know that macros shouldn’t be a problem.

Dumping the current Twig context escaped me to begin with. Unfortunately, it
didn’t yield anything particularly useful, other than a whopping 112Mb page.
Dumping the macro did show me that it was NULL rather than undefined. Clearly
there was a problem somewhere between the loading/parsing of the macro source,
and the creation of the macro in the Twig context.

I decided, after Google had repeatedly failed me, that I’d hop over to the
Sculpin repo and file a ticket to see if anyone else had the
same issue. Shortly after, Kevin Boyd responded, expressing a
similar issue. It was at this point that I got my toes wet in the source code.
It wasn’t long before Kevin reported success, but I wasn’t satisfied, mostly
because I seemed unable to replicate the solution. It wasn’t long before I
discovered this configuration class, which had the following snippet:

\$rootNode
->children()
->arrayNode('view_paths')
->prototype('scalar')->end()
->end()
->arrayNode('source_view_paths')
->defaultValue(array('_views', '_layouts', '_includes', '_partials'))
->prototype('scalar')->end()
->end()
->arrayNode('extensions')
->defaultValue(array('', 'twig', 'html', 'html.twig', 'twig.html'))
->prototype('scalar')->end()
->end()
->end();


It was apparent that there were two directories I was overlooking. A quick look
at the docs (at the time) revealed nothing about the _includes or _partials
directories. Obviously the one I was interested in was the _includes
directory. I dropped my macros source in there, and bam! It worked.

My conclusion is that Sculpin does something interesting with Twig, that
prevents importing from anywhere other than the _includes directory. It is at
this point that my sloth overcame my curiosity and I packed in the
investigation. Lesson learned: when using Sculpin, keep everything in its proper
spot. Second lesson learned: docs aren’t always right :)