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From: Dirk Herrmann
Subject: scm_c_make_string
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 18:37:43 +0100 (MET)

Hello everybody,

some time ago I had promised to provide a function scm_c_make_string as a
replacement for scm_makstr.  This should, in principle, be easy to do.
However, I am still thinking about our recent discussion about string
representations, and thus realized, that with a variable character length
string representation, there is no possibility to deliver something like
an 'uninitialized' string:  If there were 'random' bytes within a string,
this would mean that the string could be corrupted.  In other words, when
switching to a variable length character representation, every new string
needs to be initialized, preferably assuming that there will be only
one-byte characters put into the string.

Just another point to consider when the switch to a different string
representation is about to happen...

Best regards,
Dirk Herrmann

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