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The edn spec inaccurately describes what characters are allowed in symbols. #62

bitemyapp opened this issue Nov 20, 2013 · 3 comments


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@bitemyapp bitemyapp commented Nov 20, 2013

Just show the damn symbolPat regex from Clojure core.

The spec even forgets < is a valid symbol despite using it in the Datomic tutorial.

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@alexanderkiel alexanderkiel commented Nov 20, 2013

You are right (type (clojure.edn/read-string "<")) returns clojure.lang.Symbol in clojure 1.5.1.

@richhickey richhickey closed this Jan 7, 2014
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@alexanderkiel alexanderkiel commented Jan 8, 2014

To clarify this further, the spec says in section symbols:

Symbols begin with a non-numeric character

This includes <.

@richhickey richhickey reopened this Jan 8, 2014
@richhickey richhickey closed this in a51127a Jan 8, 2014
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