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bug#9261: `let' behavior is strange

From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: bug#9261: `let' behavior is strange
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:15:53 +0200
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小江沈 <address@hidden> writes:

> (progn (put 'defun 'x "out")
>        (let ((old (plist-member (symbol-plist 'defun) 'x)))
>          (message "old: %s." old)
>          (put 'defun 'x "in")
>          (message "old: %s." old)
>          nil))
> When I eval this form, I get something like this in *message* buffer:
> old: (x out).
> old: (x in).
> nil

This has nothing to do with let.  plist-member returns a tail of the
property list, and when the value of an existing property is changed
only the cdr of the cons cell is overwritten by put, so the reference to
the cons cell in `old' will follow the change.

> If it is not a bug, how can I save the prev symbol property?

Use plist-get or get to extract the property value, or make a copy.


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