[Openmcl-devel] "UNSGIGNED-BYTE" typo.

Gary Byers gb at clozure.com
Thu Oct 14 09:37:14 PDT 2010

On Wed, 13 Oct 2010, Kaz Kylheku wrote:

> $ ccl
> Welcome to Clozure Common Lisp Version 1.5-r13651 (LinuxX8632)!
> ? (decode-string-from-octets #(1 2 3) :external-format :utf-8)
>> Error: value # is not of the expected type (ARRAY (CCL::UNSGIGNED-BYTE
> 8) (*)).

Yup; thanks.

> But decode-string-from-octets does actually work if you give it an array
> whose :element-type is (unsigned-byte 8).
> How do you get bad spelling from a good type check?
> By checking the typecode explicitly and using a "dead list"
> to generate the error condition.

> P.S.
> Does the mailing list really need the [subject line marker] disease? You can 
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> cc: recipient.

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