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Re: Max-specpdl-size Bug in Emacs Lisp Interpreter?

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Max-specpdl-size Bug in Emacs Lisp Interpreter?
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 08:34:53 +0900

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
> The name `max-specpdl-size' can be read as implying an inherent maximum
> one that cannot be exceeded.  By contrast, the term `limit' seems to fit
> an adjustable, arbitrary maximum--which is what this variable is.

One _could_ read those meanings into the words max and limit, but they
hardly seem inherent; one could just as well see "limit" as denoting a
fundamental limit which cannot be exceeded.  As far as I can tell it's a
personal language issue with the original poster.

Instead of changing the names of variables to suit the idiosyncrasies of
individuals, it seems much better to simply make sure the variable
documentation clearly states the meaning and addresses any common


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