Issue #17034 has been updated by citizen428 (Michael Kohl).

File range-max-beginless.patch added

citizen428 (Michael Kohl) wrote:
> I think this is not ideal. Possible solutions:
> 
> 1. Return `e` (`RANGE_END(range)` for beginless ranges or
> 2. return a `RangeError` with a message like "cannot get the maximum of beginless range" (similar to `.min`).

I had some time and looked into this. For inclusive integer ranges `r.end` will now be returned, no other behavior changes. Patch attached, but since the diff is very small I also opened a PR:

https://github.com/ruby/ruby/pull/3328/




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Bug #17034: Unexpected behavior in #max for beginless range
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/17034#change-86584

* Author: citizen428 (Michael Kohl)
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* ruby -v: 2.7.1p83 (2020-03-31 revision a0c7c23c9c) [x86_64-darwin19]
* Backport: 2.5: UNKNOWN, 2.6: UNKNOWN, 2.7: UNKNOWN
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When calling `max` on a beginless range, a non-intuitive error gets raised:

``` ruby
r = ..9
r.max
# ArgumentError: comparison of NilClass with 9 failed
```

There's a check for `NIL_P(RANGE_BEG(range))` but it's inside another check which is false for the example case above:

``` ruby
if (rb_block_given_p() || (EXCL(range) && !nm) || argc) {
        if (NIL_P(RANGE_BEG(range))) {
            rb_raise(rb_eRangeError, "cannot get the maximum of beginless range with custom comparison method");
        }
        return rb_call_super(argc, argv);
    }
```

The first part of the condition is false since there is no block, and even though I'm not sure what `EXCL` does the second part of the condition will be false due to `!nm` (`nm` will be true because of `FIXNUM_P(e)`). So I think the error gets raised here:

``` ruby
int c = OPTIMIZED_CMP(b, e, cmp_opt);
```


I think this is not ideal. Possible solutions:

1. Return `e` (`RANGE_END(range)` for beginless ranges or
2. return a `RangeError` with a message like "cannot get the maximum of beginless range" (similar to `.min`).


Happy to provide a patch if people want this changed and can agree on what the new behavior should be.

---Files--------------------------------
range-max-beginless.patch (1.26 KB)


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