bugGNU Octave - Bugs: bug #47469, sizemax() is off by one


bug #47469: sizemax() is off by one

Submitted by:  CarnĂ« Draug <carandraug>
Submitted on:  Sat 19 Mar 2016 07:07:59 PM UTC  
Category:  Octave Function Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Incorrect Result
Status:  None Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Open/Closed:  Open
Release:  dev Operating System:  Any

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Wed 30 Mar 2016 10:50:13 AM UTC, comment #1:

I suggest to deprecate "sizemax" and remove "dim_vector::dim_max". Or is there any non-obvious benefit from it?

1. The function name is misleading. "numelmax" or alike would be more applicable, as it gives the information, how many elements an array can index. The misleading idea is, that something like

was okay. I think in bug #47468 the intention is to use it in test code, what I think is a bad idea, to start relying on this function.

2. The information of 64-bit indices for the user is implicitly given by

3. The only "real" usage is in scripts/sparse/private/__sprand__.m, but after diving into that code, it is only part of a dirty hack, that should be solved in the randperm() function.

Kai Torben Ohlhus <siko1056>
Project Member
Sat 19 Mar 2016 07:07:59 PM UTC, original submission:

The function sizemax() is off by one.

The fact that I can create that array of ones is a separate bug (see bug #47468). The reason for being off by one is mentioned in the source of dim-vector:


Checking the logs for a better explanation brings up this:


I removed the "-1" from dim_vector::dim_max and make check reports no new failures. Maybe it is no longer needed (or maybe it's some untested codepath. Anyone has any insight?

Carnë Draug <carandraug>
Project Member


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