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bug#7835: 24.0.50; doc string of `overlay-put' needs to mention the retu

From: Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
Subject: bug#7835: 24.0.50; doc string of `overlay-put' needs to mention the return value
Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2011 21:08:16 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.110018 (No Gnus v0.18) Emacs/24.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>> Like the Elisp manual, the doc string of `overlay-put' needs to mention
>>>>> that it returns its 3rd arg.
>>> Actually, the right fix would be to not document it.
>> Knowing that you're able to say
>>   (push (overlay-put ... ... (get-some-value)) list)
>> sounds useful to me.
> Looks like bad style to me.

I don't think so.  It's how setf and most mutators in Common Lisp
work, for instance:

MAINT> (setq table (make-hash-table))
#<EQL Hash Table{0} 402000AD6B>
MAINT> (setf (gethash :bar table) :foo)

Or elisp put:

(put 'put 'foo 'bar)
=> bar

Now, you may consider `overlay-put' more like `insert', and not like a
`setf'-like mutator, but to me I'd be surprised if it didn't act like
these other mutators.

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