(take-nth 0 coll) redux...

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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 (rops 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!

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import
October 17, 2010, 3:47 PM

Comment made by: importer

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.

import
October 17, 2010, 3:47 PM
Stuart Halloway
October 29, 2010, 4:36 PM

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

chouser
October 29, 2010, 5:06 PM

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.

Rich Hickey
October 29, 2010, 5:06 PM

(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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