Clojure

Recur mismatch might cause multiple evaluation

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  • Type: Defect Defect
  • Status: Open Open
  • Priority: Minor Minor
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Affects Version/s: None
  • Fix Version/s: None
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Description

Since mismatching recurs cause the loop body to be re-analyzed, macroexpansion in the loop body might happen more than once, causing any side effects that happen during macroexpansion to be evaluated potentially multiple times

Clojure 1.7.0-master-SNAPSHOT
user=> (defmacro x [] (println "foo"))
#'user/x
user=> (fn [] (loop [y 1] (x) (recur (Integer. 1))))
foo
foo
#<user$eval6$fn__7 user$eval6$fn__7@71687585>

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Andy Fingerhut added a comment -

This is not a question about whether the behavior in the description is a bug or not, but rather a curiosity about how often people write macros that have side effects at macroexpansion time. I think the following in Clojure itself do, but there may be others:

  • gen-class, and also ns because it uses gen-class
  • gen-interface, and also definterface because it uses gen-interface
  • clojure.core/compile-if (private) calls eval on its expr arg, but as used now doesn't cause macroexpansion-time side effects
  • doc seems to have one case that prints at macroexpansion time
  • I am not sure whether defprotocol or deftype have macroexpansion time side effects, or whether they are limited to run time
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Andy Fingerhut added a comment - This is not a question about whether the behavior in the description is a bug or not, but rather a curiosity about how often people write macros that have side effects at macroexpansion time. I think the following in Clojure itself do, but there may be others:
  • gen-class, and also ns because it uses gen-class
  • gen-interface, and also definterface because it uses gen-interface
  • clojure.core/compile-if (private) calls eval on its expr arg, but as used now doesn't cause macroexpansion-time side effects
  • doc seems to have one case that prints at macroexpansion time
  • I am not sure whether defprotocol or deftype have macroexpansion time side effects, or whether they are limited to run time
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Nicola Mometto added a comment -

Andy, I don't think there are that many macros that side-effect at macroexpansion time and I haven't discovered this bug in real code but while thinking about how loop locals invalidation was implemented in Compiler.java.

Because there are a really a small number of side-effecting macros, this is unlikely to cause problems in real code, so I changed the priority to minor.

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Nicola Mometto added a comment - Andy, I don't think there are that many macros that side-effect at macroexpansion time and I haven't discovered this bug in real code but while thinking about how loop locals invalidation was implemented in Compiler.java. Because there are a really a small number of side-effecting macros, this is unlikely to cause problems in real code, so I changed the priority to minor.

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