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Re: master adcf904: Add bignum support in Tramp

From: Robert Pluim
Subject: Re: master adcf904: Add bignum support in Tramp
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:37:48 +0200

Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

> Robert Pluim wrote:
>> Then how come NEWS talks about bignump and fixnump?
> Because some contributors thought that bignump and fixnump might be
> useful convenience functions for Lisp programmers. They're not, but I
> lost that argument.

They're currently useful to me with the calc bignum conversion, but
won't be needed once thatʼs done, the end result will just use

> If it were up to me, I wouldn't mention these functions in NEWS or
> document them, as they cause more trouble and confusion than they
> cure. Worrying about the distinction between bignums and fixnums
> unnecessarily complicates Lisp programmers' lives, and we shouldn't
> encourage it.

I agree with that sentiment.


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