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[CLJ-291] (take-nth 0 coll) redux... Created: 08/Apr/10  Updated: 27/Jul/13

Status: In Progress
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: Backlog

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Assembla Importer Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: None

Approval: Vetted


I dont seem to be able make the old ticket uninvalid so here goes
(take-nth 0 coll) causes (at least on Solaris) infinite space and time consumption
It's not a printout error as the following code causes the problem too

(let [j 0
firstprod (apply * (doall (map #(- 1 %) (take-nth j (:props mix)))))]) ; from my parameter update function

I used jvisualvm and the jvm is doing some RNI call - no clojure code is running at all
If left alone it will crash the jvm with all heap space consumed
0 is an InvalidArgument for take-nth
I wouldnt mind if it produced an infinite lazy sequence of nils even though thats wrong
It doesnt do this though it actively destroys the JVM
Its a bug nasty destructive and it took me half a day to figure out what was going on
please let someone fix it!

Comment by Assembla Importer [ 17/Oct/10 9:47 AM ]

Converted from http://www.assembla.com/spaces/clojure/tickets/291
fixbug291.diff - https://www.assembla.com/spaces/clojure/documents/dfNhoS2Cir3543eJe5cbLA/download/dfNhoS2Cir3543eJe5cbLA

Comment by Assembla Importer [ 17/Oct/10 9:47 AM ]

bhurt said: Before this bug gets marked as invalid as well, let me point out that the problem here is that (take-nth 0 any-list) is a meaningless construction- the only question is what to do when this happens. IMHO, the correct behavior is to throw an exception.

Comment by Assembla Importer [ 17/Oct/10 9:47 AM ]

ataggart said: [file:dfNhoS2Cir3543eJe5cbLA]: throws IllegalArgumentException on negative step size

Comment by Stuart Halloway [ 29/Oct/10 10:36 AM ]

Does calling (take-nth 0 ...) cause the problem, or only realizing the result?

Comment by Chouser [ 29/Oct/10 11:06 AM ]

I'm not seeing a problem. Calling take-nth and even partially consuming the seq it returns works fine for me:

(take 5 (take-nth 0 [1 2 3]))
;=> (1 1 1 1 1)

Note however that it is returning an infinite lazy seq. The example in the issue description seems to include essentially (doall <infinite-lazy-seq>) which does blow the heap:

(doall (range))

This issue still strikes me as invalid.

Comment by Rich Hickey [ 29/Oct/10 11:06 AM ]

(take-nth 0 ...) returns an infinite sequence of the first item:

(take 12 (take-nth 0 [1 2 3]))
=> (1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1)

Is something other than this happening on Solaris?

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