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[ASYNC-6] alts! assumes nth works on ports argument Created: 15/Jul/13  Updated: 14/Oct/15  Resolved: 27/Sep/13

Status: Closed
Project: core.async
Component/s: None
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Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Brandon Bloom Assignee: Timothy Baldridge
Resolution: Completed Votes: 0
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The docstring for alts! reads:

ports is a set of channel endpoints, which
can be either a channel to take from or a vector of
[channel-to-put-to val-to-put], in any combination.

However, trying to use an actual set yields the following exception:

java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException: nth not supported on this type: PersistentHashSet

Comment by Brandon Bloom [ 07/Aug/13 2:32 PM ]

Discussed at length in IRC on Aug 7th: http://www.raynes.me/logs/irc.freenode.net/clojure/2013-08-07.txt

Comment by Rich Hickey [ 07/Aug/13 9:28 PM ]

The documentation should be changed. alts requires an efficiently nth-able collection (e.g. a vector), else it will be slow.


If CLJS supports nth on sets it is broken.

Comment by Brandon Bloom [ 07/Aug/13 9:52 PM ]

> alts requires an efficiently nth-able collection

Is that the case? Or does alts actually only require efficiently sampling a single element from a collection?

Efficient nth is a reasonable proxy, since the only choice we have for randomness is rand-int. However, one could imagine a CollSample protocol that would allow efficient random choice leveraging data-structure-specific knowledge, much as CollReduce works. Given the world as it exists now, I agree that this is a doc bug.

> If CLJS supports nth on sets it is broken.

That's the conclusion we came to in IRC. David quickly fixed this:

Comment by Timothy Baldridge [ 27/Sep/13 8:47 AM ]

fixed in master

Comment by Daniel Compton [ 14/Oct/15 5:30 PM ]

For those reading this in the future, this was fixed by changing the docstring to use vector instead of set. https://github.com/clojure/core.async/commit/ca633479f51481f4aee40b4d60120484839d20c6

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