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bug#20087: gensym

From: Andy Wingo
Subject: bug#20087: gensym
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:48:49 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.5 (gnu/linux)

On Thu 24 Mar 2016 09:45, address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:

> Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:
>> It turns out the manual already has the following text in the ‘gensym’
>> entry, which I think is sufficient.
>>      The symbols generated by ‘gensym’ are _likely_ to be unique, since
>>   their names begin with a space and it is only otherwise possible to
>>   generate such symbols if a programmer goes out of their way to do so.
>>   Uniqueness can be guaranteed by instead using uninterned symbols
>>   (*noteSymbol Uninterned::), though they can’t be usefully written out
>>   and read back in.
>> What do you think?
> Oh indeed, I guess I had overlooked that.

I just pushed something to master to error when serializing an
uninterned symbol.  Otherwise compiling an uninterned symbol effectively
interns it!  I am not sure that we can apply such a fix in 2.0 though as
who knows, maybe someone is compiling something with symbols made with
make-symbol.  WDYT?  If you agree we can close this bug.


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