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Re: Small enhancement to options interface

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Small enhancement to options interface
Date: 04 Nov 2002 19:00:57 +0000
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>>>>> "Neil" == Neil Jerram <address@hidden> writes:

    Neil> A strange thing about Guile's options interface is that
    Neil> xxx-options, xxx-enable and xxx-disable all want a quoted
    Neil> option symbol as their argument, whereas xxx-set! wants an
    Neil> _unquoted_ symbol. [...]

Further^2 thoughts on this: actually it's a can of worms.  Allowing
xxx-set! to take a quoted symbol makes it look like it does
evaluation (which we can't make it do because that would be
non-back-compatible), and then someone will get very confused by code
like this:

(define stack depth)
(debug-set! stack 400)     ; intending to set the 'depth option

I'll just apply the deobfuscation part of this patch, and hope that a
better approach to options in general comes along soon ...


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