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[CLJ-1294] (vec (range)) causes REPL to hang (infinite loop?) Created: 11/Nov/13  Updated: 11/Nov/13  Resolved: 11/Nov/13

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

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Rene Semmelrath Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Declined Votes: 0
Labels: None

LightTable and CoutnerClockWise


I just typed

(vec (range))

in LightTable and it stop working while CPU went to 100%
the same behavior is in Eclipse/Couterclockwise REPL

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 11/Nov/13 5:39 PM ]

Rene, this is expected to cause an infinite loop. (range) returns a lazy infinite sequence of integers. vec tries to cause the entire infinite sequence to be realized so it can put all elements into a vector. This is not a bug. You asked for an infinite loop, and you got one

Comment by Alex Miller [ 11/Nov/13 6:10 PM ]

(range) will yield an infinite sequence. vec will walk the sequence, conj'ing each item onto the vector ... which will do bad things.

While Clojure works well with infinite sequences (an abstraction), the collections like vector support only a finite number of elements.

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