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[CLJ-1258] (apply and [false true]) gives CompilerException Created: 08/Sep/13  Updated: 09/Sep/13  Resolved: 09/Sep/13

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

Type: Defect Priority: Major
Reporter: Cynthia Qiu Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Declined Votes: 0
Labels: bug

Ubuntu 13.04. I run 1.4.0 by "apt-get install", and 1.5.1 by "java -cp clojure-1.5.1.jar clojure.main".


user=> (apply and [false true])
CompilerException java.lang.RuntimeException: Can't take value of a macro: #'clojure.core/and, compiling:(NO_SOURCE_PATH:1)
user=> (apply and (list false true))
CompilerException java.lang.RuntimeException: Can't take value of a macro: #'clojure.core/and, compiling:(NO_SOURCE_PATH:2)

Comment by Cynthia Qiu [ 08/Sep/13 10:18 PM ]

I got it. "and" is not a function but a special form. Sorry for that.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 08/Sep/13 11:57 PM ]

Minor comment on yours: Clojure and other Lisps often distinguish between "special forms" and macros. I may be missing some of the distinction, but I am pretty sure the main part is that special forms are usually built into the implementation of Lisp, whereas macros are typically defined by the user via defmacro.

In any case, neither special forms nor macros may be used with apply, only functions.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 09/Sep/13 1:26 AM ]

As per Andy's comment, this is expected behavior when trying to apply to macros.

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