[Openmcl-devel] another make-record question

Cyrus Harmon ch-openmcl at bobobeach.com
Fri Aug 20 08:22:09 PDT 2004

On Aug 20, 2004, at 3:50 AM, Gary Byers wrote:

> MAKE-RECORD's a macro; it processes its first argument at macroexpand
> time and expands any initialization forms in the macro call into
> (SETF (PREF ...) ...) forms.
> See <http://openmcl.clozure.com/Doc/re77.html>
> "Processing the first argument at macroexpand time" -could- be done by
> a non-macro function at runtime, at least in theory.  The processing
> in question involves determining the size of the named foreign type or
> record, and you -could- do that at runtime (and #_malloc and #_bzero a
> pointer of that size, assuming that record/type definitions existed at
> runtime.)  Would you want to do this ?

I think so. I also think I would like to be able to specify a type in a 
variable and be able to make-record of that type at runtime. I'm 
attempting to do this in order to allocate a foreign memory block 
inside an around method of initialize-instance. Perhaps there is a 
better way to do this. Was the "would you want to do this" a rhetorical 
question and am I missing the obvious answer here?



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