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[CLJ-1146] Symbol name starting with digits to defn throws "Unmatched delimiter )" Created: 13/Jan/13  Updated: 18/Apr/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.5
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Enhancement Priority: Trivial
Reporter: Linus Ericsson Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: errormsgs, reader

$java -jar clojure-1.5.0-RC2.jar

$java -version
java version "1.6.0_37"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_37-b06-434-10M3909)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.12-b01-434, mixed mode)
Mac OS X:
System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549)
Kernel Version: Darwin 10.8.0


When trying to use an invalid symbol name when defining a function, the error message thrown is a confusing and wrong one. The error message is "RuntimeException Unmatched delimiter: ) clojure.lang.Util.runtimeException (Util.java:219)", which unfortunately is the only message seen in nrepled emacs.

$ java -jar clojure-1.5.0-RC2.jar
Clojure 1.5.0-RC2
user=> (defn 45fn [] nil)
NumberFormatException Invalid number: 45fn clojure.lang.LispReader.readNumber (LispReader.java:255)
RuntimeException Unmatched delimiter: ) clojure.lang.Util.runtimeException (Util.java:219)

When trying to (defn or (def a thing with a non valid symbol name, the last thrown error message should be one stating that the given symbol name is not a valid one.

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 18/Apr/14 2:27 AM ]

this is an artifact of how streams and repls work.

when you type (defn 45fn [] nil) and hit enter, the inputstream flushes and "(defn 45fn [] nil)" is made available to the reader, the reader reads up to 45fn, throws an error back to the main repl loop, which prints out the error, then calls read, which still has the unread parts available to it "[] nil)"

changing this behavior would require significant changes to clojure's repl.

checkout https://github.com/trptcolin/reply instead

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