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That's not a 'random crash.' The compiler ran out of memory trying to compile your file. Stack space is not infinite, a typical Java VM comes with some default which can also be reconfigured. After running out of memory, the compiler told you what the error condition was and exited.



Why not extend the stack at runtime?

LispWorks:

    CL-USER 101 > (defun foo (n) (unless (zerop n) (cons n (foo (1- n)))))
    FOO

    CL-USER 102 > (foo 1000)

    Stack overflow (stack size 15998).
      1 (continue) Extend stack by 50%.
      2 Extend stack by 300%.
      3 (abort) Return to level 0.
      4 Return to top loop level 0.

    Type :b for backtrace or :c <option number> to proceed.
    Type :bug-form "<subject>" for a bug report template or :? for other options.

     CL-USER 103 : 1 > 
Now use restart 1 or 2.




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