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Re: Future of ice-9/slib.scm.

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: Future of ice-9/slib.scm.
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 12:01:25 -0800
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Rob Browning <address@hidden> writes:

> For example, aside from the "eval in interaction-environment vs
> slib" issue, see also the comments in slib.scm regarding *features*
> and slib:load.  Do we need or want to preserve any of those changes?

With respect to some of the *features*, it looks like guile.init
handles 'random by just adding the two functions that Guile's native
implementation was missing.  I think this probably means that the
FIXME in slib.scm has been fixed, and Guile doesn't need to
inappropriately remove 'random from *features* anymore.

Similarly, it looks like the slib.scm ENHANCE-ME regarding arrays may
be satisfied by the current guile.init.  It appears that guile.init
arranges for Guile's native arrays to function correctly as SLIB
arrays.  If so, then it should be OK to drop the slib.scm code that
removes 'array from *features*, but someone else may want to

I've examined much of the rest of the slib.scm code and sent a few
questions upstream.  At this point, I think I have a pretty good idea
about what should be done with almost all of the code except the

  - slib:eval -- should it be using slib-module or

  - slib:load -- see the FIXME there.

  - *vicinity-table*, install-require-vicinity, and
     install-require-module -- these don't exist in guile.init (or
     SLIB).  Do we still want or need them?

Rob Browning
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