Clojure

Feature Expressions

Details

  • Type: Enhancement Enhancement
  • Status: Open Open
  • Priority: Critical Critical
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Affects Version/s: None
  • Fix Version/s: Release 1.7
  • Component/s: None
  • Labels:
  • Patch:
    Code
  • Approval:
    Vetted

Description

Feature expressions based directly on Common Lisp. See Clojure design docs, which includes discussion and links to Common Lisp documentation for feature expressions here: http://dev.clojure.org/display/design/Feature+Expressions

#+ #-
are supported. Unreadable tagged literals are suppressed through the *suppress-read* dynamic var. The default feature set is #{:clj}. This can be modified on read by passing an option map as the first arg to read, like: {:features #{:feat1 :feat2}}.

Example:

#+cljs #js {:one :two} :foo

The initial *features* set can also be augmented with the clojure.features System property:

-Dclojure.features=production,embedded

Patch: clj-1424-4.diff

Questions: Should *suppress-read* override *read-eval*?

Related: CLJS-27, TRDR-14

  1. CLJ-1424-2.diff
    04/Aug/14 10:45 AM
    10 kB
    Alex Miller
  2. clj-1424-3.diff
    07/Nov/14 4:39 PM
    11 kB
    Alex Miller
  3. clj-1424-4.diff
    21/Jan/15 4:24 PM
    26 kB
    Alex Miller
  4. clj-1424-5.diff
    25/Jan/15 9:26 PM
    30 kB
    Luke VanderHart
  5. clj-1424-6.diff
    27/Jan/15 11:23 AM
    29 kB
    Luke VanderHart
  6. clojure-feature-expressions.diff
    15/May/14 5:52 PM
    9 kB
    Ghadi Shayban

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Jozef Wagner added a comment -

Has there been a decision that CL syntax is going to be used? Related discussion can be found at design page, google groups discussion and another discussion.

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Jozef Wagner added a comment - Has there been a decision that CL syntax is going to be used? Related discussion can be found at design page, google groups discussion and another discussion.
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Alex Miller added a comment -

No, no decisions on anything yet.

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Alex Miller added a comment - No, no decisions on anything yet.
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Ghadi Shayban added a comment - - edited

Just to echo a comment from TRDR-14:

This is WIP and just one approach for feature expressions. There seem to be at least two couple diverging approaches emerging from the various discussion (Brandon Bloom's idea of read-time splicing being the other.)

In any case having all Clojure platforms be ready for the change is probably essential. Also backwards compatibility of feature expr code to Clojure 1.6 and below is also not trivial.

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Ghadi Shayban added a comment - - edited Just to echo a comment from TRDR-14: This is WIP and just one approach for feature expressions. There seem to be at least two couple diverging approaches emerging from the various discussion (Brandon Bloom's idea of read-time splicing being the other.) In any case having all Clojure platforms be ready for the change is probably essential. Also backwards compatibility of feature expr code to Clojure 1.6 and below is also not trivial.
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Kevin Downey added a comment -

if you have ever tried to do tooling for a language where the "parser" tossed out information or did some partial evaluation, it is a pain. this is basically what the #+cljs style feature expressions and bbloom's read time splicing both do with clojure's reader. I think resolving this at read time instead of having the compiler do it before macro expansion is a huge mistake and makes the reader much less useful for reading code.

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Kevin Downey added a comment - if you have ever tried to do tooling for a language where the "parser" tossed out information or did some partial evaluation, it is a pain. this is basically what the #+cljs style feature expressions and bbloom's read time splicing both do with clojure's reader. I think resolving this at read time instead of having the compiler do it before macro expansion is a huge mistake and makes the reader much less useful for reading code.
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Ghadi Shayban added a comment -

Kevin, what kind of tooling use case are you alluding to?

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Ghadi Shayban added a comment - Kevin, what kind of tooling use case are you alluding to?
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Kevin Downey added a comment -

any use case that involves reading code and not immediately handing it off to the compiler. if I wanted to write a little snippet to read in a function, add an unused argument to every arity then pprint it back, reader resolved feature expressions would not round trip.

if I want to write snippet of code to generate all the methods for a deftype (not a macro, just at the repl write a `for` expression) I can generate a clojure data structure, call pprint on it, then paste it in as code, reader feature expressions don't have a representation as data so I cannot do that, I would have to generate strings directly.

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Kevin Downey added a comment - any use case that involves reading code and not immediately handing it off to the compiler. if I wanted to write a little snippet to read in a function, add an unused argument to every arity then pprint it back, reader resolved feature expressions would not round trip. if I want to write snippet of code to generate all the methods for a deftype (not a macro, just at the repl write a `for` expression) I can generate a clojure data structure, call pprint on it, then paste it in as code, reader feature expressions don't have a representation as data so I cannot do that, I would have to generate strings directly.
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Alex Miller added a comment -

Changing Patch setting so this is not in Screenable yet (as it's still a wip).

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Alex Miller added a comment - Changing Patch setting so this is not in Screenable yet (as it's still a wip).
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Alex Miller added a comment -

Latest patch brings up to par with related patches in CLJS-27 and TRDR-14 and importantly adds support for loading .cljc files as Clojure files.

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Alex Miller added a comment - Latest patch brings up to par with related patches in CLJS-27 and TRDR-14 and importantly adds support for loading .cljc files as Clojure files.
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Andy Fingerhut added a comment - - edited

Maybe undesirable behavior demonstrated below with latest Clojure master plus patch clj-1424-3.diff, due to the #+cljs skipping the comment, but not the (dec a). I thought it could be fixed simply by moving RT.suppressRead() check after (ret == r) check in read(), but that isn't correct.

user=> (read-string "(defn foo [a] #+clj (inc a) #+cljs (dec a))")
(defn foo [a] (inc a))
user=> (read-string "(defn foo [a] #+clj (inc a) #+cljs ; foo\n (dec a))")
(defn foo [a] (inc a) (dec a))
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Andy Fingerhut added a comment - - edited Maybe undesirable behavior demonstrated below with latest Clojure master plus patch clj-1424-3.diff, due to the #+cljs skipping the comment, but not the (dec a). I thought it could be fixed simply by moving RT.suppressRead() check after (ret == r) check in read(), but that isn't correct.
user=> (read-string "(defn foo [a] #+clj (inc a) #+cljs (dec a))")
(defn foo [a] (inc a))
user=> (read-string "(defn foo [a] #+clj (inc a) #+cljs ; foo\n (dec a))")
(defn foo [a] (inc a) (dec a))
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Alex Miller added a comment -

Added new clj-1424-4.diff which makes a couple of modifications:

  • removed support for and/or/not (#+ and #- remain)
  • *features* has been removed
  • if you wish to have a custom feature set while reading, there is a new option map that can be passed to read (this all parallels similar changes previously made to the edn reader)

Example of adding a "custom" feature to the feature set (which will always contain "clj" feature):

(read 
  {:features #{:custom}} 
  (java.io.PushbackReader. (java.io.StringReader. "[#+custom :x]")))
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Alex Miller added a comment - Added new clj-1424-4.diff which makes a couple of modifications:
  • removed support for and/or/not (#+ and #- remain)
  • *features* has been removed
  • if you wish to have a custom feature set while reading, there is a new option map that can be passed to read (this all parallels similar changes previously made to the edn reader)
Example of adding a "custom" feature to the feature set (which will always contain "clj" feature):
(read 
  {:features #{:custom}} 
  (java.io.PushbackReader. (java.io.StringReader. "[#+custom :x]")))
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Andy Fingerhut added a comment -

Latest patch clj-1424-4.diff also exhibits maybe-undesirable behavior in which #+cljs can suppress an immediately following comment, rather than the form following it. See 07/Nov/14 comment with example above.

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Andy Fingerhut added a comment - Latest patch clj-1424-4.diff also exhibits maybe-undesirable behavior in which #+cljs can suppress an immediately following comment, rather than the form following it. See 07/Nov/14 comment with example above.
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Alex Miller added a comment -

Thanks Andy, I'm aware. Haven't looked at it yet.

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Alex Miller added a comment - Thanks Andy, I'm aware. Haven't looked at it yet.
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Luke VanderHart added a comment -

Patch clj-1424-5.diff modifies the code to use "read-conditionals", as outlined by Rich at: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/clojure-dev/LW0ocQ1RcYI/IBPPyfCpM3kJ

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Luke VanderHart added a comment - Patch clj-1424-5.diff modifies the code to use "read-conditionals", as outlined by Rich at: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/clojure-dev/LW0ocQ1RcYI/IBPPyfCpM3kJ
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Alex Miller added a comment -

Some feedback:

1) Because pendingForms is an internal thing, I would make the read() that takes it non-public.
2) In readDelimitedList, I don't see the point of constructing a new LinkedList then checking if it's empty there. Should just make the add conditional on whether it's null or not.
3) You could treat pendingForms as a Deque (which LinkedList implements) and then use pop() instead of remove(0). The addAll(0, ...) is more painful to replicate though if you're sticking to Deque. I think I'd be tempted to just commit explicitly to LinkedList for pendingForms since we fully control the construction and use of it within the reader.
4) Might be nice to update the commented-out readers to support pendingForms as I did with opts. Or remove the updates for opts. Should either do all the mods or none on the commented-out code.
5) s/read-cond-splicing/read-cond-splice/ ? Seems like where it's used it should be a verb.
6) Should just use :default and make :else and :none throw exceptions. I think Rich mentioned :except or :exception too? or maybe I misheard that.
7) Should have some more tests to tweak the error cases - bad feature, uneven forms, default out of allowed position, bad contents for splice, etc.

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Alex Miller added a comment - Some feedback: 1) Because pendingForms is an internal thing, I would make the read() that takes it non-public. 2) In readDelimitedList, I don't see the point of constructing a new LinkedList then checking if it's empty there. Should just make the add conditional on whether it's null or not. 3) You could treat pendingForms as a Deque (which LinkedList implements) and then use pop() instead of remove(0). The addAll(0, ...) is more painful to replicate though if you're sticking to Deque. I think I'd be tempted to just commit explicitly to LinkedList for pendingForms since we fully control the construction and use of it within the reader. 4) Might be nice to update the commented-out readers to support pendingForms as I did with opts. Or remove the updates for opts. Should either do all the mods or none on the commented-out code. 5) s/read-cond-splicing/read-cond-splice/ ? Seems like where it's used it should be a verb. 6) Should just use :default and make :else and :none throw exceptions. I think Rich mentioned :except or :exception too? or maybe I misheard that. 7) Should have some more tests to tweak the error cases - bad feature, uneven forms, default out of allowed position, bad contents for splice, etc.
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Alex Miller added a comment - - edited

From Chouser on the mailing list: "is it intentional that reading (clojure.core/read-cond ...) does not behave the same as (#? ...)? That is, (#? ...) can be read as c.c/read-cond depending on read options, but having been read, if it is printed again it doesn't round-trip back to #?. This is different, for example, from how #(...) is read as (fn* [] (...)), which then retains its meaning."

In shouldReadConditionally(), it looks like the == check vs READ_COND will not work. Instead of:
return (first == READ_COND || first == READ_COND_SPLICING);
do
return (READ_COND.equals(first) || READ_COND_SPLICING.equals(first));

For example, this test doesn't seem to give the right answer:

user=> (read-str-opts {:preserve-read-cond false} "(clojure.core/read-cond :clj :x :default :y)")
(clojure.core/read-cond :clj :x :default :y)    ;; should be :x
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Alex Miller added a comment - - edited From Chouser on the mailing list: "is it intentional that reading (clojure.core/read-cond ...) does not behave the same as (#? ...)? That is, (#? ...) can be read as c.c/read-cond depending on read options, but having been read, if it is printed again it doesn't round-trip back to #?. This is different, for example, from how #(...) is read as (fn* [] (...)), which then retains its meaning." In shouldReadConditionally(), it looks like the == check vs READ_COND will not work. Instead of: return (first == READ_COND || first == READ_COND_SPLICING); do return (READ_COND.equals(first) || READ_COND_SPLICING.equals(first)); For example, this test doesn't seem to give the right answer:
user=> (read-str-opts {:preserve-read-cond false} "(clojure.core/read-cond :clj :x :default :y)")
(clojure.core/read-cond :clj :x :default :y)    ;; should be :x
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Michael Blume added a comment -

With this patch applied to master, lein check fails on instaparse:

Compiling namespace instaparse.abnf
Exception in thread "main" clojure.lang.ArityException: Wrong number of args (2) passed to: StringReader, compiling:(abnf.clj:186:28)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$InvokeExpr.eval(Compiler.java:3605)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$InvokeExpr.eval(Compiler.java:3599)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$DefExpr.eval(Compiler.java:436)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.eval(Compiler.java:6772)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.load(Compiler.java:7194)
	at clojure.lang.RT.loadResourceScript(RT.java:384)
	at clojure.lang.RT.loadResourceScript(RT.java:375)
	at clojure.lang.RT.load(RT.java:459)
	at clojure.lang.RT.load(RT.java:425)
	at clojure.core$load$fn__5424.invoke(core.clj:5850)
	at clojure.core$load.doInvoke(core.clj:5849)
	at clojure.lang.RestFn.invoke(RestFn.java:408)
	at user$eval52$fn__63.invoke(form-init5310597017138984927.clj:1)
	at user$eval52.invoke(form-init5310597017138984927.clj:1)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.eval(Compiler.java:6767)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.eval(Compiler.java:6757)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.load(Compiler.java:7194)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.loadFile(Compiler.java:7150)
	at clojure.main$load_script.invoke(main.clj:275)
	at clojure.main$init_opt.invoke(main.clj:280)
	at clojure.main$initialize.invoke(main.clj:308)
	at clojure.main$null_opt.invoke(main.clj:343)
	at clojure.main$main.doInvoke(main.clj:421)
	at clojure.lang.RestFn.invoke(RestFn.java:421)
	at clojure.lang.Var.invoke(Var.java:383)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.applyToHelper(AFn.java:156)
	at clojure.lang.Var.applyTo(Var.java:700)
	at clojure.main.main(main.java:37)
Caused by: clojure.lang.ArityException: Wrong number of args (2) passed to: StringReader
	at clojure.lang.AFn.throwArity(AFn.java:429)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.invoke(AFn.java:36)
	at instaparse.cfg$eval800$safe_read_string__801.invoke(cfg.clj:163)
	at instaparse.cfg$process_string.invoke(cfg.clj:180)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:217)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:215)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:211)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:214)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:215)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:211)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:207)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core.protocols$seq_reduce.invoke(protocols.clj:30)
	at clojure.core.protocols$fn__6436.invoke(protocols.clj:59)
	at clojure.core.protocols$fn__6389$G__6384__6402.invoke(protocols.clj:13)
	at clojure.core$reduce.invoke(core.clj:6501)
	at clojure.core$into.invoke(core.clj:6582)
	at instaparse.cfg$ebnf.invoke(cfg.clj:277)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.applyToHelper(AFn.java:154)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.applyTo(AFn.java:144)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$InvokeExpr.eval(Compiler.java:3600)
	... 27 more
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Michael Blume added a comment - With this patch applied to master, lein check fails on instaparse:
Compiling namespace instaparse.abnf
Exception in thread "main" clojure.lang.ArityException: Wrong number of args (2) passed to: StringReader, compiling:(abnf.clj:186:28)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$InvokeExpr.eval(Compiler.java:3605)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$InvokeExpr.eval(Compiler.java:3599)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$DefExpr.eval(Compiler.java:436)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.eval(Compiler.java:6772)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.load(Compiler.java:7194)
	at clojure.lang.RT.loadResourceScript(RT.java:384)
	at clojure.lang.RT.loadResourceScript(RT.java:375)
	at clojure.lang.RT.load(RT.java:459)
	at clojure.lang.RT.load(RT.java:425)
	at clojure.core$load$fn__5424.invoke(core.clj:5850)
	at clojure.core$load.doInvoke(core.clj:5849)
	at clojure.lang.RestFn.invoke(RestFn.java:408)
	at user$eval52$fn__63.invoke(form-init5310597017138984927.clj:1)
	at user$eval52.invoke(form-init5310597017138984927.clj:1)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.eval(Compiler.java:6767)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.eval(Compiler.java:6757)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.load(Compiler.java:7194)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler.loadFile(Compiler.java:7150)
	at clojure.main$load_script.invoke(main.clj:275)
	at clojure.main$init_opt.invoke(main.clj:280)
	at clojure.main$initialize.invoke(main.clj:308)
	at clojure.main$null_opt.invoke(main.clj:343)
	at clojure.main$main.doInvoke(main.clj:421)
	at clojure.lang.RestFn.invoke(RestFn.java:421)
	at clojure.lang.Var.invoke(Var.java:383)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.applyToHelper(AFn.java:156)
	at clojure.lang.Var.applyTo(Var.java:700)
	at clojure.main.main(main.java:37)
Caused by: clojure.lang.ArityException: Wrong number of args (2) passed to: StringReader
	at clojure.lang.AFn.throwArity(AFn.java:429)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.invoke(AFn.java:36)
	at instaparse.cfg$eval800$safe_read_string__801.invoke(cfg.clj:163)
	at instaparse.cfg$process_string.invoke(cfg.clj:180)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:217)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:215)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:211)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:214)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:215)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core$apply.invoke(core.clj:626)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:211)
	at instaparse.cfg$build_rule.invoke(cfg.clj:207)
	at clojure.core$map$fn__4523.invoke(core.clj:2612)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.sval(LazySeq.java:40)
	at clojure.lang.LazySeq.seq(LazySeq.java:49)
	at clojure.lang.RT.seq(RT.java:504)
	at clojure.core$seq__4103.invoke(core.clj:135)
	at clojure.core.protocols$seq_reduce.invoke(protocols.clj:30)
	at clojure.core.protocols$fn__6436.invoke(protocols.clj:59)
	at clojure.core.protocols$fn__6389$G__6384__6402.invoke(protocols.clj:13)
	at clojure.core$reduce.invoke(core.clj:6501)
	at clojure.core$into.invoke(core.clj:6582)
	at instaparse.cfg$ebnf.invoke(cfg.clj:277)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.applyToHelper(AFn.java:154)
	at clojure.lang.AFn.applyTo(AFn.java:144)
	at clojure.lang.Compiler$InvokeExpr.eval(Compiler.java:3600)
	... 27 more
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Michael Blume added a comment -

Aha, of course, Instaparse is calling into the LispReader$StringReader directly.

Is it worth providing versions of these methods with the old arities? Or should instaparse just not be using Clojure internals this way?

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Michael Blume added a comment - Aha, of course, Instaparse is calling into the LispReader$StringReader directly. Is it worth providing versions of these methods with the old arities? Or should instaparse just not be using Clojure internals this way?
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Alex Miller added a comment - - edited

Instaparse is reaching pretty deep inside implementation details here, so I'd say this should expect to break. We could back-fill the old arities here but I'd really prefer not to if possible.

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Alex Miller added a comment - - edited Instaparse is reaching pretty deep inside implementation details here, so I'd say this should expect to break. We could back-fill the old arities here but I'd really prefer not to if possible.
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Luke VanderHart added a comment -

clj-1424-6.diff addresses all the issues mentioned above. Per a comment from Rich, it also adds tests to ensure that nested splices work properly (they do).

There were two things from your list I didn't do, Alex:

3) I kept pendingForms as a List. Because we aren't confining ourselves to a Deque interface, I don't see the benefit of calling pop() over remove(0) (with identical semantics) as justification for over-specifying the concrete type.

5) I kept "read-cond-splicing" since it parallels the form of "unquote-splicing". Seems that those should be consistent.

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Luke VanderHart added a comment - clj-1424-6.diff addresses all the issues mentioned above. Per a comment from Rich, it also adds tests to ensure that nested splices work properly (they do). There were two things from your list I didn't do, Alex: 3) I kept pendingForms as a List. Because we aren't confining ourselves to a Deque interface, I don't see the benefit of calling pop() over remove(0) (with identical semantics) as justification for over-specifying the concrete type. 5) I kept "read-cond-splicing" since it parallels the form of "unquote-splicing". Seems that those should be consistent.

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