Missing root binding for explain-out


I am finding a weird situation here: in a compiled uberjar I get this exception:

Caused by: java.lang.IllegalStateException: Can't change/establish root binding of: *explain-out* with set
	at clojure.lang.Var.set(Var.java:223)
	at cli_matic.optionals$orchestra_instrument.invokeStatic(optionals.clj:70)
	at cli_matic.optionals$orchestra_instrument.invoke(optionals.clj:56)
	at cli_matic.presets__init.load(Unknown Source)
	at cli_matic.presets__init.<clinit>(Unknown Source)
	... 126 more

(as per https://github.com/l3nz/cli-matic/blob/v0.2.7/src/cli_matic/optionals.clj#L70 )

and lein deps :tree says (among a ton of other libraries):

[org.clojure/clojure "1.9.0"]
   [org.clojure/core.specs.alpha "0.1.24"]
   [org.clojure/spec.alpha "0.1.143"]
 [cli-matic "0.2.7"]
   [expound "0.7.1"]
   [org.clojure/tools.cli "0.4.1"]

And in Clojure 1.9 we are supposed to have *explain-out*: https://github.com/clojure/clojure/blob/clojure-1.9.0/src/clj/clojure/main.clj#L85

So what is going on here? also, why line 70 and not 74? I run a lein clean.

PS. writing a library is an excellent way out of our comfort zone. :smile:


Hum, I might be getting things mixed up, but I don’t think you can use set! on a root binding. You have to use alter-var-root instead.

You can only set! inside a binding. So you can set the thread local only.

One thing that is confusing is that the REPL often will bind some of the global dynamic vars, so you can set! them.