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Re: doco gensym and uninterneds

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: doco gensym and uninterneds
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 23:37:59 -0500
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Kevin Ryde <address@hidden> writes:

>         * scheme-data.texi (Symbol Primitives): In gensym, cross reference
>         uninterned symbols, use @w{} on " g" prefix to avoid any chance of a
>         line break obscuring it.
> New text:
> Uniqueness can be guaranteed by instead using uninterned symbols (*note
> Symbol Uninterned::), though they can't be usefully written out and
> read back in.

As I recall when Marius and I talked about this a while back, gensym
hasn't been creating uninterned symbols, but it should be -- this was
a planned fix, and I *think*, but don't have the mail handy, that we
were also thinking of following CL and adding gentemp for unique

The screwy names that gensym generates right now were just a quick fix
to try to make it much less likely that we'd cause accidental
collisions until we get a chance to "fix it right".


Rob Browning
rlb and; previously
GPG starting 2002-11-03 = 14DD 432F AE39 534D B592  F9A0 25C8 D377 8C7E 73A4

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