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Re: Reporting possibly unbound variables

From: Neil Jerram
Subject: Re: Reporting possibly unbound variables
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 22:23:32 +0100
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Andy Wingo <address@hidden> writes:

> On Wed 07 Oct 2009 22:27, Neil Jerram <address@hidden> writes:
>> On a loosely related point, I notice that we have deprecated eval-case
>> in 1.9.x, in favour of eval-when.  But 1.8.x only has eval-case; so
>> isn't the deprecation going to make it more difficult to handle code
>> that has to be different in 1.8.x and 1.9/2.0?
> Perhaps, though if you are updating already to 2.0, I would just make a
> 2.0 compatibility library, as far as possible.

Yes, you're right.  I think I was a bit confused when I wrote the above,
thinking that eval-case/eval-when was something like cond-expand.  In
fact Ludovic's suggestion for (cond-expand (guile-2) ...) will be

> In macros you could do the @/@@ trick.
>> (For example, 1.8.x requires the comma trick in a macro definition that
>> uses a non-exported procedure from the same module, whereas 1.9/2.0
>> requires not using a comma.)
> See NEWS line 282 :)

Nice entry!

> And add something or propose new behavior, as appropriate.

I don't think we need anything else.  People can use @@ if they want
code that works in both 1.8.x and 2.0, or cond-expand for different

>> Alternatively, should we add a suitable eval-when to the next 1.8.x
>> release, to help with this?
> I think that would be a good idea, yes.

As Ludovic said, that would only help 1.8.8 and onwards.  I think it
would be better to add this to a compatibility library, as and when it's


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