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bug#7146: (make-symbol "") issues

From: David De La Harpe Golden
Subject: bug#7146: (make-symbol "") issues
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 22:41:19 +0100
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On 17/07/11 04:16, Stefan Monnier wrote:

"#:" is the obvious choice for the uninterned representation.
It already works for printing, but is not understood by the reader.

Is it? If you mean just a "#:" on its own it looks a bit odd to me, but as usual I'm coming from CL.

CommonLisp has a |....| syntax for interned symbols which trivially
allows empty symbols,

That's not just for interned symbols. #:|| is read as an uninterned empty-string named symbol in common lisp, #:|hello world| as an uninterned symbol with a space in the name etc.

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