Bug introduced in 8.0, fixed in 10.4, intentionally reintroduced in 11.0 and persisting through 13.0.0 or later

In the following example, inside the minimumX's Module, x is initialized to 1, but the results say otherwise:

solutionQ = Function[{x, d}, IntegerQ[Sqrt[(x^2 - 1)/d]] && x != 1];
minimumX = 
  Compile[{{d, _Integer}}, 
   Module[{x = 1}, While[! solutionQ[x, d], x++]; x]];





If I define minimumX as:

minimumX = 
  Function[{d}, Module[{x = 1}, While[! solutionQ[x, d], x++]; x]];


minimumX = 
  Compile[{{d, _Integer}}, 
   Module[{x = 1}, x = 1; While[! solutionQ[x, d], x++]; x]];

It works as I was expecting:




Is this expected behavior, or should I report a bug?

(Mathematica 9.0.1)

  • 7
    $\begingroup$ This is definitely not expected and you should report it. The localization of x in the instruction {46, Function[{d}, While[ !solutionQ[x, d], x++]], {x, 2, 0, 1, Module}, 2, 0, 0, 6, 0, 17} is clearly not being respected. The same behavior is observed for With in place of Module, but not for Block, which works as it should. It also works correctly in versions 7 and 5.2; the bug seems to have been introduced in version 8, when major changes were made to the VM. (The compiled code generated by all versions is functionally identical and differs only by opcode numbering.) $\endgroup$ May 12, 2013 at 3:38
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ For completeness, let me just note that the function can be written more optimally as With[{solutionQ = Function[{x, d}, FractionalPart[Sqrt[(x^2 - 1)/d]] == 0 && x != 1]}, minimumX = Compile[{{d, _Integer}}, Module[{x = 1}, While[! solutionQ[x, d], x++]; x]]]. This is somewhat beside the point as far as the question goes since the bug does not manifest in this case, but I'm sure others would have been moved to comment on it if I hadn't. Indeed, I think it's worth emphasizing to WRI support that this particular non-optimal formulation is necessary to expose the bug. $\endgroup$ May 12, 2013 at 4:04
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ I think, what's worth noticing is: if You define minimumX by SetDelayed(:=) not only Set(=) it works like it should. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    May 12, 2013 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you all. I've just reported the bug. $\endgroup$
    – P. Fonseca
    May 12, 2013 at 10:19
  • 6
    $\begingroup$ This was fixed in version 10.4 and intentionally rebroken to address a huge slowdown. $\endgroup$ Aug 16, 2016 at 14:41


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