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#3837 closed bug (fixed)

Opened January 14, 2009 12:11AM UTC

Closed January 17, 2009 04:56PM UTC

Last modified March 14, 2012 10:54PM UTC

Complex selector using :not() can lead to an infinite loop

Reported by: dtetto Owned by: john
Priority: major Milestone: 1.3.1
Component: selector Version: 1.3
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

Don't know exactly which part of the selector causes the bug, but:

$('.container div:not(.excluded) div');

causes an infinite loop at line 1769 of jquery.js in Firefox 3. (It doesn't cause the loop in a recent WebKit nightly; I haven't tested in IE or Opera.)

This is a bug introduced in the RC for 1.3 (it didn't exist in beta 2, nor in jQuery 1.2).

Here's the full test case with links to some working variations to help isolate the problem:

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Changed January 14, 2009 12:13AM UTC by dtetto comment:1

Correction: The loop happens at line 1774.

Changed January 14, 2009 12:48AM UTC by Thasmo comment:2

It only seems to freeze/loop if you enable the 'console' in firebug. Without enabling it, it works fine for me on FF 3.0.5.

Changed January 15, 2009 02:05PM UTC by john comment:3

component: unfilledselector
owner: → john
version: → 1.3

Changed January 15, 2009 04:34PM UTC by ashah comment:4

If it helps, I have found a similar problem in IE7 and Firefox 3.1 (disabling Firebug didn't help Firefox).

I am still investigating, but for me, have narrowed it down to this:

.find('> tbody:not(.row-template) > tr:not(.removed)')

Furthermore, I believe it is in this part of the selector:

('> tbody:not(.row-template))

I hope to provide a test case in a day or three when I get another spare moment...

Changed January 15, 2009 11:47PM UTC by C.Johnson comment:5

I was having a similar problem (jQuery goes into infinite loop, causes script timeout error) and narrowed it down to the :not selector. Changing the code to use the .not() method fixed the script timeout.

The code that was failing in IE and Firefox 3:

$('div.postfooter div.rating a.ratebutton:not(.igray)').click(rateEntry);

The code that works:

$('div.postfooter div.rating a.ratebutton').not('.igray').click(rateEntry);

Changed January 16, 2009 01:49AM UTC by C.Johnson comment:6

More details and another case where the ':not' selector fails:

Changed January 16, 2009 02:41AM UTC by dchurch comment:7

I'm having a similar problem (infinite loop, same line), but it has nothing to do with the :not selector, so this may help in chasing down the bug. Given the following HTML structure:


This query causes the infinite loop:

Notably, these queries do NOT cause loops:


It seems that the trouble comes when you have an initial selector (the A at the end) that does match at least one element, so checkSet isn't empty, then you step back to a selector that fails for ALL elements in checkSet (the span selector), so checkSet is now filled with false, then you step back one more level to a selector that has both a tag and a class specifier. preFilter.TAG() goes into an infinite loop trying to find an element to run isXML() on. I'm not sure where the fix for this should go, but that should be enough to track it down, hopefully.

Incidentally, I'm running Fx3.0.4 on Linux with Firebug enabled.

Changed January 17, 2009 04:56PM UTC by john comment:8

resolution: → fixed
status: newclosed

Yeah, it was all about the preFilter.TAG logic - thanks for the pointer, dchurch. :not() was a red herring, but it's ok, since it should be fixed now:

Will be merging the fix into jQuery soon.