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[CLJ-1074] Read/print round-trip for +/-Infinity and NaN Created: 21/Sep/12  Updated: 19/Nov/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.4
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Colin Jones Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 4
Labels: print, reader

Attachments: Text File 0001-Read-Infinity-and-NaN.patch     Text File clj-1074-read-infinity-and-nan-patch-v2-plus-edn-reader.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Triaged


A few float-related forms (namely, Double/POSITIVE_INFINITY, Double/NEGATIVE_INFINITY, Double/NaN) are not eval-able after a round-trip via

(read-string (binding [*print-dup* true] (pr-str f))

The two options I see are to provide print-method implementations for these and their Float cousins, or to make Infinity, -Infinity, +Infinity, and NaN readable values. Since it sounds like edn may want to provide a spec for these values (see https://groups.google.com/d/topic/clojure-dev/LeJpOhHxESs/discussion and https://github.com/edn-format/edn/issues/2), I think making these values directly readable as already printed is preferable. Something like Double/POSITIVE_INFINITY seems too low-level from edn's perspective, as it would refer to a Java class and constant.

I'm attaching a patch implementing reader support for Infinity, -Infinity, +Infinity, and NaN.

Comment by Timothy Baldridge [ 03/Dec/12 11:34 AM ]

Please bring this up on clojure-dev. We'll be able to vet this ticket after that.

Comment by Colin Jones [ 03/Dec/12 1:18 PM ]

Should I respond to my original clojure-dev post about this (linked in the issue description above), or start a new one?

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 24/May/13 1:11 PM ]

Patch clj-1074-read-infinity-and-nan-patch-v2.txt dated May 24 2013 is identical to 0001-Read-Infinity-and-NaN.patch dated Sep 21 2012, except it applies cleanly to latest master. The older patch conflicts with a recent commit made for CLJ-873.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 25/May/13 11:55 AM ]

clj-1074-read-infinity-and-nan-patch-v2-plus-edn-reader.patch is the same as clj-1074-read-infinity-and-nan-patch-v2.txt except it patches EdnReader too, but it must be applied after #CLJ-873 0001-Fix-CLJ-873-for-EdnReader-too.patch get merged

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