Bug introduced in 10.1 and fixed in 10.2

I wanted to roll a function that works like /. but only acts on the very first match it encounters.

ReplaceAtFirst =
 Function[{expr, rule}, 
  MapAt[Replace[#, rule] &, expr, FirstPosition[expr, First@rule]]]

to demonstrate, how the replacement rule works in this question.

ReplaceAtFirst[x^3 + 2 y, _Symbol -> 1]
(* 1[x^3, 2 y] *)
ReplaceAtFirst[%, _Symbol -> 1]
(* Kernel crashes *)

Upon further investigation, it appears, that

MapAt[# /. {_Symbol -> 1} &, 1[x], {1}]

also crashes the kernel. It appears, that an integer or rational head in the expression 1[x] leads to a crash. Replacing 1.0[x] to 1.0[1] works fine.

Using ReplacePart or other replacement functions directly, without MapAt also works fine.

Is this a known problem? I am using MMA 10.1 on Win7x64 enterprise.

  • $\begingroup$ None of your examples crash for me with mma v10.2.0 (OSX 10.9.5). $\endgroup$
    – SquareOne
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 11:24
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, it crashes with 10.1, but not with 10.0 or 10.2. Tested on OS X. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 11:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs It works on MMA 8.0 and MMA 10.2 under Win7x64. Looks like a bug introduced somewhere in between and resolved in 10.2 $\endgroup$
    – LLlAMnYP
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 11:54

1 Answer 1


Bug introduced in 10.1 and fixed in 10.2

From the comments of @Szabolcs and @SquareOne:

Works under OS X in 10.0 and 10.2, but not in 10.1.

From my observations:

Works under Win7x64 in 8.0 and 10.2, but not 10.1.


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