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[CLJ-1093] Empty PersistentCollections get incorrectly evaluated as their generic clojure counterpart Created: 24/Oct/12  Updated: 06/Jul/14

Status: Reopened
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.4, Release 1.5
Fix Version/s: Release 1.7

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Nicola Mometto Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 4
Labels: collections, compiler

Attachments: Text File 0001-CLJ-1093-fix-compilation-of-empty-PersistentCollecti.patch     Text File clj-1093-fix-empty-record-literal-patch-v2.txt    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Incomplete

user> (defrecord x [])
user> #user.x[]   ;; expect: #user.x{}
user> #user.x{}   ;; expect: #user.x{}
user> #clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap[]
user> (class *1)  ;; expect: clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap

Cause: Compiler's ConstantExpr parser returns an EmptyExpr for all empty persistent collections, even if they are of types other than the core collections (for example: records, sorted collections, custom collections). EmptyExpr reports its java class as one the classes - IPersistentList/IPersistentVector/IPersistentMap/IPersistentSet rather than the original type.

Proposed: If one of the Persistent* classes, then create EmptyExpr as before, otherwise retain the ConstantExpression of the original collection.
Since EmptyExpr is a compiler optimization that applies only to some concrete clojure collections, making EmptyExpr dispatch on concrete types rather than on generic interfaces makes the compiler behave as expected

Patch: 0001-CLJ-1093-fix-compilation-of-empty-PersistentCollecti.patch

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Comment by Timothy Baldridge [ 27/Nov/12 11:41 AM ]

Unable to reproduce this bug on latest version of master. Most likely fixed by some of the recent changes to data literal readers.

Marking Not-Approved.

Comment by Timothy Baldridge [ 27/Nov/12 11:41 AM ]

Could not reproduce in master.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 01/Mar/13 1:23 PM ]

I just checked, and the problem still exists for records with no arguments:

Clojure 1.6.0-master-SNAPSHOT
user=> (defrecord a [])
user=> #user.a[]

Admittedly it's an edge case and I see little usage for no-arguments records, but I think it should be addressed aswell since the current behaviour is not what one would expect

Comment by Herwig Hochleitner [ 02/Mar/13 8:14 AM ]

Got the following REPL interaction:

% java -jar ~/.m2/repository/org/clojure/clojure/1.5.0/clojure-1.5.0.jar
user=> (defrecord a [])
user=> (a.)
user=> #user.a{}

This should be reopened or declined for another reason than reproducability.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 10/Mar/13 2:18 PM ]

I'm reopening this since the bug is still there.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 13/Mar/13 2:04 PM ]

Patch clj-1093-fix-empty-record-literal-patch-v2.txt dated Mar 13, 2013 is identical to Bronsa's patch 001-fix-empty-record-literal.patch dated Oct 24, 2012, except that it applies cleanly to latest master. I'm not sure why the older patch doesn't but git doesn't like something about it.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 26/Jun/13 8:06 PM ]

Patch 0001-CLJ-1093-fix-empty-records-literal-v2.patch solves more issues than the previous patch that was not evident to me at the time.

Only collections that are either PersistentList or PersistentVector or PersistentHash[Map|Set] or PersistentArrayMap can now be EmptyExpr.
This is because we don't want every IPersistentCollection to be emitted as a generic one eg.

user=> (class #clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap[])

Incidentally, this patch also solves CLJ-1187
This patch should be preferred over the one on CLJ-1187 since it's more general

Comment by Jozef Wagner [ 09/Aug/13 2:08 AM ]

Maybe this is related:

user=> (def x `(quote ~(list 1 (clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap/create (seq [1 2 3 4])))))
user=> x
(quote (1 {1 2, 3 4}))
user=> (class (second (second x)))
user=> (eval x)
(1 {1 2, 3 4})
user=> (class (second (eval x)))

Even if the collection is not evaluated, it is still converted to the generic clojure counterpart.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 24/Apr/14 4:44 PM ]

In the change for ObjectExpr.emitValue() where you've added PersistentArrayMap to the PersistentHashMap case, should the IPersistentVector case below that be PersistentVector instead, otherwise it would snare a custom IPersistentVector that's not a PersistentVector, right?

This line: "else if(form instanceof ISeq)" at the end of the Compiler diff has different leading tabs which makes the diff slightly more confusing than it could be.

Would be nice to add a test for the sorted map case in the description.

Marking incomplete to address some of these.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 13/May/14 10:43 PM ]


Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 14/May/14 4:24 AM ]

Attached patch 0001-CLJ-1093-fix-empty-collection-literal-evaluation.patch which implements your suggestions.

replacing IPersistentVector with PersistentVector in ObjectExpr.emitValue() exposes a print-dup limitation: it expects every IPersistentCollection to have a static "create" method.

This required special casing for MapEntry and APersistentVector$SubVector

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 16/May/14 3:57 PM ]

I updated the patch adding print-dups for APersistentVector$SubVec and other IPersistentVectors rather than special casing them in the compiler

Comment by Alex Miller [ 23/May/14 4:21 PM ]

All of the checks on concrete classes in the Compiler parts of this patch don't sit well with me. I understand how you got to this point and I don't have an alternate recommendation (yet) but all of that just feels like the wrong direction.

We want to be built on abstractions such that internal collections are not special; they should conform to the same expectations as an external collection and both should follow the same paths in the compiler - needing to check for those types is a flag for me that something is amiss.

I am marking Incomplete for now based on these thoughts.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 06/Jul/14 10:01 AM ]

I've been thinking for a while about this issue and I've come to the conclusion that in my later patches I've been trying to incorporate fixes for 3 different albeit related issues:

1- Clojure transforms all empty IPersistentCollections in their generic Clojure counterpart

user> (defrecord x [])
user> #user.x[]   ;; expected: #user.x{}
user> #user.x{}   ;; expected: #user.x{}
user> #clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap[]
user> (class *1)  ;; expected: clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap

2- Clojure transforms all the literals of collections implementing the Clojure interfaces (IPersistentList, IPersistentVector ..) that are NOT defined with deftype or defrecord, to their
generic Clojure counterpart

user=> (class (eval (sorted-map 1 1)))
clojure.lang.PersistentArrayMap ;; expected: clojure.lang.PersistentTreeMap

3- print-dup is broken for some Clojure persistent collections

user=> (print-dup (subvec [1] 0) *out*)
#=(clojure.lang.APersistentVector$SubVector/create [1])
user=> #=(clojure.lang.APersistentVector$SubVector/create [1])
IllegalArgumentException No matching method found: create  clojure.lang.Reflector.invokeMatchingMethod (Reflector.java:53)

I'll keep this ticket regarding issue #1 and open two other tickets for issue #2 and #3

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 06/Jul/14 10:15 AM ]

I've attached a new patch fixing only this issue, the approach is explained in the description

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