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Forward reference is reported as a warning or an error, depending on context #11712

julienrf opened this issue Aug 27, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Aug 27, 2019

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The compiler does not behave the same when it analyzes fields of an object and val definitions in a method:

object Main {
  val a = b // no compilation error but a warning “Reference to uninitialized value b”
  val b = "foo"
  def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = {
    val c = d
//      ^
// error: forward reference extends over definition of value c
    val d = "bar"

    println(a) // null

Is there a reason to treat these two cases differently? Maybe that’s because initialization of object fields is harder in general?


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commented Aug 27, 2019

Well, in the local variable case there's no way to generate the bytecode given that forward reference (what do we do when we need to load d?), so it has to be an error.

In the latter case I suppose it's at least plausible that you could write something like that which (due to lazy vals or whatever) would actually work? Maybe it should be an error if we can prove it won't hit any false positives.

@hrhino hrhino closed this Aug 27, 2019

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commented Aug 27, 2019

Relatedly for reference

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