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bug#6878: bool-vectors of length 0 signal error when aref/aset the 0th e


From: MON KEY
Subject: bug#6878: bool-vectors of length 0 signal error when aref/aset the 0th element
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:44:12 -0400

On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Stefan Monnier
<address@hidden> wrote:
>> As you wish. Though, I don't think changing the wording solves the
>> real problem If there are no good reasons to create a boole-vectro of
>> length 0 why allow it?
>
> That's the wrong question. The question is: why not allow them?

How about Juanma's example earlier wich is a mis-application of substring on
vectors satisfying the predicate `bool-vector-p' e.g. his:

> (defun split-vec (v p)
>  (list (substring v 0 p)
>        (substring v p (length v))))


>
>> Emacs lisp doesn't and I can think of no good reasons to create 0
>> length bool-vectors.
>> Can any one else?
>
> The same reasons to create zero-length strings.
>

I'm not convinced.
Anyhow, my query included the caveat "good reasons" :)

(substring (make-bool-vector 0 t) 0)

;=> Debugger entered--Lisp error: (wrong-type-argument arrayp #&0"")

And, it doesn't really work for vectors either:

(substring (make-vector 0 1) 0)
;=> []

Likewise, where is the sense in these:

(apply 'string (append (make-bool-vector 0 t) nil))
;=> ""

(concat (make-bool-vector 0 t))
;=> ""

When this:
(concat)
;=> ""

and this:
(apply 'string nil)
;=> ""

would suffice.

Note, I _do_ recognize that there is some utility for things like this w/
_vanilla_ vectors:

(defmacro v->empty (&optional char-val-maybe)
  (let ((vvoid (make-symbol "vvoid")))
    `(let ((,vvoid (if (characterp ,char-val-maybe)
                       1 0)))
       (make-vector ,vvoid ,char-val-maybe))))

(v->empty 'not-a-char)
;=> []
(v->empty 32)
;=> [32]
(v->empty)
;=> []

(mapconcat #'identity
           (mapcar  #'(lambda (ve) (concat (v->empty ve)))
                    '(119 'not-a-char 32 nil 111 'nor-inil
                          32 "nope" 119 'nada 33)) "")

But I can't see how the `make-vector' idiom would translate for
`make-bool-vector'.

>        Stefan
>

--
/s_P\





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