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From: Erik Naggum <e...@naggum.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 22:32:23 GMT
Local: Fri, Aug 31 2001 6:32 pm
Subject: Re: What I want from my Common Lisp vendor and the Common Lisp community
* Sam Steingold <s...@gnu.org>
> this (unfortunate and now removed) comment is _very_ oldThank you.
> (from long before my days).
> the only place where ANSI CL standard is (IMHO) deficient is readableThe implementation has to make some design choices when it comes to
> pathname printing: #p"" is ambiguous (#p".foo" can be #s(pathname :type
> "foo") and #s(pathname :name ".foo")).
mapping pathname namestrings to and from the underlying operating system
and its inevitable differences from the pathname concept. For instance,
Unix makes no distinction between "/tmp/foo/" and "/tmp/foo", but these
mean different things entirely in pathnames if the former has :directory
(:absolute "tmp" "foo") and the latter has :name "foo". Likewise, since
"dot files" are possible in Unix and get somewhat strained when
shoehorned into the pathname concept, you have to make a design choice
and stick by it. When things are ambiguous, the only thing you need to
do is document your choice, but if you are really nice, you can make it a
> the #s(pathname ...) (and #s(logical-pathname)!) notation, while used inNot unless we define a particular Unix bindings or pathname concepts.
> a couple of CLHS pages, has not been standardised. any chance it ever
> will be?
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