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[CLJ-1233] Allow ** as a valid symbol name without triggering "not declared dynamic" warnings Created: 23/Jul/13  Updated: 25/Oct/13  Resolved: 25/Oct/13

Status: Closed
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.5
Fix Version/s: Release 1.6

Type: Defect Priority: Trivial
Reporter: Mike Anderson Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Completed Votes: 0
Labels: Compiler


Attachments: File clj-1233-minimal.diff     File clj-1233-with-test.diff     File clj-1233-with-test-v2.diff     Text File clj-1233-with-test-v2.txt    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Ok


Currently declaring a symbol ** triggers a compiler warning:

user=> (defn ** [] nil)
Warning: ** not declared dynamic and thus is not dynamically rebindable, but its name suggests otherwise. Please either indicate ^:dynamic ** or change the name. (NO_SOURCE_PATH:1)

** is a useful symbol in many domains, e.g. as an exponent function or as a matrix multiplication operator.

Cause: This warning checks for a def of a symbol that starts and ends with *.

Solution: Change check for name length >2 to skip this particular case.

Patch: clj-1233-with-test-v2.diff

Screened by: Alex Miller

Comment by Mike Anderson [ 23/Jul/13 6:09 AM ]

Link to discussion on Clojure-Dev

Comment by Mike Anderson [ 23/Jul/13 12:29 PM ]

Minimal patch for the ** case only

Comment by Alex Miller [ 24/Jul/13 12:17 PM ]

Minimal patch would be slightly less minimal with a test.

Comment by Mike Anderson [ 25/Jul/13 5:16 AM ]

Hmmm... is there a standard/reliable method for testing the presence / non-presence of emitted warnings?

Comment by Alex Miller [ 25/Jul/13 3:21 PM ]

There are some test helpers in Clojure's test/clojure/test_helper.clj for capturing error messages.

Comment by Mike Anderson [ 29/Jul/13 12:32 PM ]

New patch with a test that includes using "with-err-print-writer" to detect the avoidance of the warning.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 05/Sep/13 6:24 PM ]

Patch clj-1233-with-test-v2.txt is identical to Mike Anderson's clj-1233-with-test.diff (preserving his authorship), except it avoids git warnings when applying by eliminating trailing whitespace in added lines.

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