[erlang-questions] Wrong advertised spec of lists:append/2

ok <>
Sat Mar 30 10:55:00 CET 2013


> Hi,
>
> As per the doc, the spec of lists:append/2 is ([term()], [term()]) ->
> [term()].
>
> However, a = lists:append([], a).
>
> Shouldn't it return [a]?

Since you violated the precondition (the second argument is not
a list of terms) you have no right to expect the postcondition
(that the result is a list) to be true.

Besides, why *should* the result be [a] rather than [] or
[[[[a]]]] or [97] or anything else?

Given that the definition that applies to _all_ cases
is (an accelerated version of)
append([X|Xs], Ys) -> [X|append(Xs, Ys)];
append([],     Ys) -> Ys.
how *could* the result be [a]?






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