[Openmcl-devel] User contributions

Robert Goldman rpgoldman at sift.info
Sat Jun 13 18:50:24 PDT 2009

Ron Garret wrote:
> On Jun 12, 2009, at 2:03 PM, Ron Garret wrote:
>> On Jun 12, 2009, at 1:39 PM, Ron Garret wrote:
>>>> Does your code perhaps lack some (eval-when ...)
>>> Undoubtedly.  Like I said, it's not quite ready for inclusion in
>>> contribs.
>> BTW, a workaround until I get around to fixing this if you really want
>> fasl files is to load everything first and then compile the files.
> And just in case anyone actually tried this, it won't work.  The  
> reason is that I'm doing (essentially) this:
> (defconstant +guardian+ (gensym))
> as part of my iterators code.  But it turns out this is a broken idiom  
> because, as Gary points out in http://trac.clozure.com/ccl/ticket/539:
> The spec says:
> "If a defconstant form appears as a top level form, the compiler must  
> recognize that name names a constant variable. An implementation may  
> choose to evaluate the value-form at compile time, load time, or both.  
> Therefore, users must ensure that the initial-value can be evaluated  
> at compile time (regardless of whether or not references to name  
> appear in the file) and that it always evaluates to the same value."
> I am open to suggestions on how to fix this because this leave me at a  
> bit of a loss.

Is it possible to write a macro that will look to see whether the
+guardian+ is already bound and, if it is, keep the old binding,
otherwise bind it by invoking gensym?

This is pretty much what the define-constant macro (in the
"Idiosyncracies"/"defining constants" section of the SBCL info file) does.


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