This is caused by using jars that were AOT compiled against 1.2.1 or lower, with Clojure 1.3 or higher. The most frequent offender is clojure-contrib, which is not compatible with Clojure 1.3+.
If this works on your (OSX) machine but fails on CircleCI, it also means you are running two different clojure versions at the same time.
To determine whether you are loading two different clojure.jars, look in lib/, and lib/dev/. If you are, fix this issue before trying to upgrade dependencies. Typically, you’ll need to add exclusions to the dependency that requires clojure 1.2. The dependency in your project.clj will look like:
[org.foo/bar "1.0.0" :exclusions [org.clojure/clojure]]
To find jars that depend on clojure 1.2, you can use the command
lein pom && mvn dependency:tree
To fix the KeywordLookupSite error, look at your dependencies,
and upgrade them as appropriate. The easiest way to determine
whether they work in clojure 1.3 is to a repl via
lein repl or
and start requiring libraries until you find one that doesn’t compile.