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Re: Release 1.6 critical TODO items.

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Release 1.6 critical TODO items.
Date: 28 Jan 2002 18:54:13 +0000
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>>>>> "Rob" == Rob Browning <address@hidden> writes:

    Rob> Martin Grabmueller <address@hidden> writes:
    >> Then this would be used in `scm_gensym' instead of `scm_mem2symbol'.
    >> Symbols created with would then be unique.

    >> IRIC, the problem with this was that after writing out/reading in, the
    >> gensym symbols would not be unique anymore.  After looking for a
    >> solution for that, we came into a larger discussion about read/write
    >> invariance, cyclic data structures, symbol->string conversions etc.

    Rob> Your code seems like it's at least a fairly substantial improvement
    Rob> over what we have now, especially for the cases where gensym is being
    Rob> used inside macro expansions to avoid unintential shadowing.

    Rob> Any reason I shouldn't just test and include this fix in 1.5/1.7?

    Rob> Eventually fixing the write/read problem seems like it will require
    Rob> something fancier and/or some compromises.

Why do gensym symbols need a re-readable print syntax anyway?  I don't
think they even need names.  We could just print them, whenever we
have to, as `#<symbol 03df4d>' or such like.


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