Issue #6552 has been reported by eike.rb (Eike Dierks).

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Feature #6552: Enumerator::Generator:select should return another Enumerator::Generator
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/6552

Author: eike.rb (Eike Dierks)
Status: Open
Priority: Normal
Assignee: 
Category: core
Target version: 1.9.3


The current implementation of Enumerator:select fails when applied to an open ended Enumerator:Generator,
resulting in an endless loop.

In the current implementation, :select seems to collect all values from the enumerator before applying the selection.
If that Enumeration is not bound, this results in an endless loop.

Instead, applying :select to a Generator should be applied to each object in turn and should itself return a Enumerator::Generator.

For example to select the first 5 even numbers starting at 123 should work as:
    (123..Float::INFINITY).select{|n|n.even?}.take(5)
but this currently results in an endless loop.

The same problem applies for :map and some other operators on Enumerations

However changing :select and :map to make them work with open ended Enumerations
might also change the api contract as they are currently defined to return an array.


We might want to have a look at the SICSP on streams,
    http://mitpress.mit.edu/sicp/full-text/sicp/book/node69.html

 
I came up with this prototype:

class Enumerator
    # return a generator for all elements from enumeration where block returns true
    def select &block
        Enumerator.new do |y|
            self.each do |obj|
                if block.call(obj)
                    y<<obj
                end
            end
        end
    end
end



Let's wrap an open ended Range in a Generator:
e=Enumerator.new{|y| (123..Float::INFINITY).each{|n|y<<n}}
e.select{|n|n.even?}.take(5)
=> [124, 126, 128, 130, 132]


voil!















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