Iterating over a reversed substring can crash


(Martin R) #1

(This question is motivated by Swift substring crash on reversed on Stack Overflow.)

Apparently, iterating over a ReversedCollection<String.SubSequence> can crash if the substring starts within an extended grapheme cluster:

let string = "abc\r\nxyz"
let idx = string.range(of: "\n")!.lowerBound
let substring = string[idx...]
let rev = substring.reversed()

let revString = String(rev)
// 💣 Fatal error: Out of bounds: index < startIndex

The same crash happens with any of the following:

let arr = Array(rev)
for c in rev { print(c) }
print(rev.last!)

Is this a bug or the expected behavior? If it is to be expected, what would be the correct approach to avoid the crash? Do I have to check explicitly if the character (here: "\n") is part of an extended grapheme cluster (here: "\r\n")?


(Quinn “The Eskimo!”) #2

You should definitely file a bug about this. Regardless of whether there’s a ‘good’ reason for it, it’s a really sharp edge case that needs to be smoothed off.

Please post your bug number, just for the record.

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Quinn “The Eskimo!” @ DTS @ Apple


(Martin R) #3

Filed SR-10079 Iterating over a reversed substring can crash .