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RE: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?
From: |
Drew Adams |
Subject: |
RE: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'? |
Date: |
Sun, 9 Aug 2015 08:28:48 -0700 (PDT) |
> As in the subject; neither the manual nor the docstring for `equal'
> are very clear on this. (The docstring for `equal' says: "Symbols must
> match exactly.", which -- I would guess -- means `eq', but I'm not
> sure.)
Yes. `equal' requires symbols to have the same name, value,
function definition, and plist, and to be interned in the same
obarray. They need to be the same Lisp object (a symbol).
In sum: they need to be `eq'.
Emacs Lisp doesn't have a spec (just its code, and some doc).
But this is what the Common Lisp spec says about `equal' for
symbols:
Returns true if x and y are structurally similar (isomorphic)
objects. Objects are treated as follows by equal.
* Symbols, Numbers, and Characters
equal is true of two objects if they are symbols that are eq,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
if they are numbers that are eql, or if they are characters
that are eql.
- Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Marcin Borkowski, 2015/08/08
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Joost Kremers, 2015/08/08
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Ian Zimmerman, 2015/08/09
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Marcin Borkowski, 2015/08/09
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Michael Heerdegen, 2015/08/09
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Marcin Borkowski, 2015/08/09
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Eli Zaretskii, 2015/08/09
- Re: Are two symbols `equal' iff they are `eq'?, Marcin Borkowski, 2015/08/09