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[CLJ-1208] Namespace is not loaded on defrecord class init Created: 03/May/13  Updated: 11/Mar/15

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: Release 1.8

Type: Enhancement Priority: Major
Reporter: Tim McCormack Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 5
Labels: compiler, defrecord, deftype

Attachments: Text File 0001-CLJ-1208-load-own-namespace-in-deftype-defrecord-cla.patch     Text File 0001-CLJ-1208-load-own-namespace-in-deftype-defrecord-cla-v2.patch     Text File 0001-CLJ-1208-load-own-namespace-in-deftype-defrecord-cla-v3.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Vetted


As a user of Clojure interop from Java, I want defrecords (and deftypes?) to load their namespaces upon class initialization so that I can simply construct and use AOT'd record classes without manually requiring their namespaces first.

Calling the defrecord's constructor may or may not result in "Attempting to call unbound fn" exceptions, depending on what code has already been run.

This issue has been raised several times over the years, but I could not find an existing ticket for it:

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 18/Jan/15 7:10 AM ]

The attached patch approaches this issue by adding a :load-ns options to deftype/defrecord which defaults to false.
When true, the type/record be compiled with a call to clojure.core/require to its originating namespace in its static initializer.

The patch has two known limitations:

  • clojure.core deftypes/defrecords cannot have :load-ns since we use clojure.core/require to load the namespaces so clojure.core needs to be loaded manually anyway
  • clojure.lang.Compiler/demunge is used to get the originating namespace from the deftype/defrecord class name, this means that namespaces like foo_bar are not supported since they get demunged into foo-bar. If this is something that needs to be addressed, it shouldn't be too hard to just pass the unmunged namespace name in the opts map.
Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 22/Jan/15 12:59 PM ]

Updated patch fixing a whitespace error and mentionint :load-ns in the docstrings of deftype/defrecord

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 11/Mar/15 6:12 AM ]

Updated patch so it applies on lastest HEAD

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