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Re: small elaboration in tips.texi

From: Kevin Rodgers
Subject: Re: small elaboration in tips.texi
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 16:29:09 -0600
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Ken Manheimer wrote:
i hadn't connected the fact that requiring a package for macros can be
limited to the byte-compilation phase, since the macro expansions are
compiled in to the resulting byte-code.  i've elaborated the entry
about limiting dependencies on 'cl in tips.texi to convey that fact.
i'm including the patch inline below my signature.
> --- tips.texi    10 Jul 2006 10:58:03 -0400    1.85
> +++ tips.texi    10 Jul 2006 11:40:42 -0400
> @@ -119,7 +119,9 @@
> that could cause name clashes for users who don't use that package.
> However, there is no problem with using the @code{cl} package at compile
> -time, with @code{(eval-when-compile (require 'cl))}.
> +time, with @code{(eval-when-compile (require 'cl))}.  That's sufficient
> +particularly for @code{cl} macros - they are compiled in to the resulting
> +byte-code, so @code{cl} becomes unnecessary at run time.
> @item
> When defining a major mode, please follow the major mode

I would phrase it a little differently:

That is sufficient for macros because the compiler expands them
before compiling the resulting Lisp forms into byte-code.


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