Comment made by: jafingerhut
I was able to reproduce the behavior you see with these Java 6 JVMs on Ubuntu 12.04.2:
java version "1.6.0_27"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.12.5) (6b27-1.12.5-0ubuntu0.12.04.1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.0-b12, mixed mode)
java version "1.6.0_45"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_45-b06)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.45-b01, mixed mode)
However, I tried two Java 7 JVMs, and it gave the following behavior which looks closer to what you would hope for. I do not know what is the precise difference between Java 6 and Java 7 that leads to this behavior difference, but this is some evidence that this has something to do with Java 6 vs. Java 7.
user=> (set! warn-on-reflection true)
user=> (defn f (link: a b) (Math/abs (- a b)))
Reflection warning, NO_SOURCE_PATH:1:15 - call to abs can't be resolved.
user=> (f 1000000000000 2000000000000)
user=> (class (f 1000000000000 2000000000000))
Above behavior observed with Clojure 1.5.1 on these JVMs:
Ubuntu 12.04.2 plus this JVM:
java version "1.7.0_21"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_21-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.21-b01, mixed mode)
Mac OS X 10.8.3 plus this JVM:
java version "1.7.0_15"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_15-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.7-b01, mixed mode)