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Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 35c893d 2/2: Move gensym to core Elisp

From: Mark Oteiza
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master 35c893d 2/2: Move gensym to core Elisp
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:50:23 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.0 (2017-09-02)

On 13/09/17 at 08:40am, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> > According to [1] (page 53), MACLISP didn't have a visible
> > gensym-counter, and instead used an integer argument to gensym to allow
> > programs to set an internal counter. According to [2], it was only
> > decided in 1989 to have *gensym-counter* in CL, so before then having an
> > integer argument made sense if you wanted to manipulate the gensym
> > state.

Thanks for digging that up.

> > but I wonder if people who use an integer argument here are the type
> > of people to use `cl' instead of `cl-lib'.
> I think using the plural here is rather optimistic.  I'd already be
> surprised if there's even just one user of that functionality.

Only one way to find out! I suppose I'll apply the patch I sent earlier.

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