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[CLJ-701] Compiler loses 'loop's return type in some cases Created: 03/Jan/11  Updated: 26/Jul/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Backlog
Fix Version/s: Release 1.7

Type: Defect Priority: Major
Reporter: Chouser Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: None

Clojure commit 9052ca1854b7b6202dba21fe2a45183a4534c501, version 1.3.0-master-SNAPSHOT

Attachments: File hoistedmethod-pass-1.diff     File hoistedmethod-pass-2.diff     File hoistedmethod-pass-3.diff     File hoistedmethod-pass-4.diff     File hoistedmethod-pass-5.diff    
Patch: Code
Approval: Vetted

(set! *warn-on-reflection* true)
(fn [] (loop [b 0] (recur (loop [a 1] a))))

Generates the following warnings:

recur arg for primitive local: b is not matching primitive, had: Object, needed: long
Auto-boxing loop arg: b

This is interesting for several reasons. For one, if the arg to recur is a let form, there is no warning:

(fn [] (loop [b 0] (recur (let [a 1] a))))

Also, the compiler appears to understand the return type of loop forms just fine:

(use '[clojure.contrib.repl-utils :only [expression-info]])
(expression-info '(loop [a 1] a))
;=> {:class long, :primitive? true}

The problem can of course be worked around using an explicit cast on the loop form:

(fn [] (loop [b 0] (recur (long (loop [a 1] a)))))

Reported by leafw in IRC: http://clojure-log.n01se.net/date/2011-01-03.html#10:31

Comment by a_strange_guy [ 03/Jan/11 4:36 PM ]

The problem is that a 'loop form gets converted into an anonymous fn that gets called immediately, when the loop is in a expression context (eg. its return value is needed, but not as the return value of a method/fn).


(fn [] (loop [b 0] (recur (loop [a 1] a))))

gets converted into

(fn [] (loop [b 0] (recur ((fn [] (loop [a 1] a))))))

see the code in the compiler:

this conversion already bites you if you have mutable fields in a deftype and want to 'set! them in a loop


Comment by Christophe Grand [ 23/Nov/12 2:28 AM ]

loops in expression context are lifted into fns because else Hotspot doesn't optimize them.
This causes several problems:

  • type inference doesn't propagate outside of the loop[1]
  • the return value is never a primitive
  • mutable fields are inaccessible
  • surprise allocation of one closure objects each time the loop is entered.

Adressing all those problems isn't easy.
One can compute the type of the loop and emit a type hint but it works only with reference types. To make it works with primitive, primitie fns aren't enough since they return only long/double: you have to add explicit casts.
So solving the first two points can be done in a rather lccal way.
The two other points require more impacting changes, the goal would be to emit a method rather than a fn. So it means at the very least changing ObjExpr and adding a new subclassof ObjMethod.

[1] beware of CLJ-1111 when testing.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 21/Oct/13 10:28 PM ]

I don't think this is going to make it into 1.6, so removing the 1.6 tag.

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 21/Jul/14 7:14 PM ]

an immediate solution to this might be to hoist loops out in to distinct non-ifn types generated by the compiler with an invoke method that is typed to return the getJavaClass() type of the expression, that would give us the simplifying benefits of hoisting the code out and free use from the Object semantics of ifn

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 22/Jul/14 8:39 PM ]

I have attached a 3 part patch as hoistedmethod-pass-1.diff

3ed6fed8 adds a new ObjMethod type to represent expressions hoisted out in to their own methods on the enclosing class

9c39cac1 uses HoistedMethod to compile loops not in the return context

901e4505 hoists out try expressions and makes it possible for try to return a primitive expression (this might belong on http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/CLJ-1422)

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 22/Jul/14 8:54 PM ]

with hoistedmethod-pass-1.diff the example code generates bytecode like this

user=> (println (no.disassemble/disassemble (fn [] (loop [b 0] (recur (loop [a 1] a))))))
// Compiled from form-init1272682692522767658.clj (version 1.5 : 49.0, super bit)
public final class user$eval1675$fn__1676 extends clojure.lang.AFunction {
  // Field descriptor #7 Ljava/lang/Object;
  public static final java.lang.Object const__0;
  // Field descriptor #7 Ljava/lang/Object;
  public static final java.lang.Object const__1;
  // Method descriptor #10 ()V
  // Stack: 2, Locals: 0
  public static {};
     0  lconst_0
     1  invokestatic java.lang.Long.valueOf(long) : java.lang.Long [16]
     4  putstatic user$eval1675$fn__1676.const__0 : java.lang.Object [18]
     7  lconst_1
     8  invokestatic java.lang.Long.valueOf(long) : java.lang.Long [16]
    11  putstatic user$eval1675$fn__1676.const__1 : java.lang.Object [20]
    14  return
      Line numbers:
        [pc: 0, line: 1]

 // Method descriptor #10 ()V
  // Stack: 1, Locals: 1
  public user$eval1675$fn__1676();
    0  aload_0 [this]
    1  invokespecial clojure.lang.AFunction() [23]
    4  return
      Line numbers:
        [pc: 0, line: 1]
  // Method descriptor #25 ()Ljava/lang/Object;
  // Stack: 3, Locals: 3
  public java.lang.Object invoke();
     0  lconst_0
     1  lstore_1 [b]
     2  aload_0 [this]
     3  lload_1 [b]
     4  invokevirtual user$eval1675$fn__1676.__hoisted1677(long) : long [29]
     7  lstore_1 [b]
     8  goto 2
    11  areturn
      Line numbers:
        [pc: 0, line: 1]
      Local variable table:
        [pc: 2, pc: 11] local: b index: 1 type: long
        [pc: 0, pc: 11] local: this index: 0 type: java.lang.Object

 // Method descriptor #27 (J)J
  // Stack: 2, Locals: 5
  public long __hoisted1677(long b);
    0  lconst_1
    1  lstore_3 [a]
    2  lload_3
    3  lreturn
      Line numbers:
        [pc: 0, line: 1]
      Local variable table:
        [pc: 2, pc: 3] local: a index: 3 type: long
        [pc: 0, pc: 3] local: this index: 0 type: java.lang.Object
        [pc: 0, pc: 3] local: b index: 1 type: java.lang.Object


the body of the method __hoisted1677 is the inner loop

for reference the part of the bytecode from the same function compiled with 1.6.0 is pasted here https://gist.github.com/hiredman/f178a690718bde773ba0 the inner loop body is missing because it is implemented as its own IFn class that is instantiated and immediately executed. it closes over a boxed version of the numbers and returns an boxed version

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 23/Jul/14 12:43 AM ]

hoistedmethod-pass-2.diff replaces 901e4505 with f0a405e3 which fixes the implementation of MaybePrimitiveExpr for TryExpr

with hoistedmethod-pass-2.diff the largest clojure project I have quick access to (53kloc) compiles and all the tests pass

Comment by Alex Miller [ 23/Jul/14 12:03 PM ]

Thanks for the work on this!

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 23/Jul/14 2:05 PM ]

I have been working through running the tests for all the contribs projects with hoistedmethod-pass-2.diff, there are some bytecode verification errors compiling data.json and other errors elsewhere, so there is still work to do

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 25/Jul/14 7:08 PM ]


49782161 * add HoistedMethod to the compiler for hoisting expresssions out well typed methods
e60e6907 * hoist out loops if required
547ba069 * make TryExpr MaybePrimitive and hoist tries out as required

all contribs whose tests pass with master pass with this patch.

the change from hoistedmethod-pass-2.diff in this patch is the addition of some bookkeeping for arguments that take up more than one slot

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 26/Jul/14 1:37 AM ]

Kevin there's still a bug regarding long/doubles handling:
On commit 49782161, line 101 of the diff, you're emitting gen.pop() if the expression is in STATEMENT position, you need to emit gen.pop2() instead if e.getReturnType is long.class or double.class

Test case:

user=> (fn [] (try 1 (finally)) 2)
VerifyError (class: user$eval1$fn__2, method: invoke signature: ()Ljava/lang/Object;) Attempt to split long or double on the stack  user/eval1 (NO_SOURCE_FILE:1)
Comment by Kevin Downey [ 26/Jul/14 1:46 AM ]

bah, all that work to figure out the thing I couldn't get right and of course I overlooked the thing I knew at the beginning. I want to get rid of some of the code duplication between emit and emitUnboxed for TryExpr, so when I get that done I'll fix the pop too

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 26/Jul/14 12:52 PM ]

hoistedmethod-pass-4.diff logically has the same three commits, but fixes the pop vs pop2 issue and rewrites emit and emitUnboxed for TryExpr to share most of their code

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 26/Jul/14 12:58 PM ]

hoistedmethod-pass-5.diff fixes a stupid mistake in the tests in hoistedmethod-pass-4.diff

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