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Fwd: string is read-only

From: Damien Mattei
Subject: Fwd: string is read-only
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2022 11:51:49 +0200

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From: Damien Mattei <>
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: string is read-only
To: Thomas Morley <>

and i suppose it is the standard, i have been confused by other schemes or racket where my code worked:
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linux-unix-gnu-x86-64 [ 64bit dload ptables ]

#;1> 3
#;2> (define str2 "hello")
#;3> (string-set! str2 4 #\a)
#;4> str2

but not with Racket and #lang R5RS:
Bienvenue dans DrRacket, version 7.7 [3m].
Langage: R5RS; limite mémoire : 128 MB.
> (define str2 "hello")
> (string-set! str2 4 #\a)
. . string-set!: contract violation
  expected: (and/c string? (not/c immutable?))
  given: "hello"
  argument position: 1st
  other arguments...:
> string-copy

not in Gauche scheme too...
and as i making string supported by my Scheme+ i had doubt about it also :-) but it works well :

scheme@(guile-user)> (use-modules (Scheme+))
scheme@(guile-user)> {str <+ (string-copy "hello")}
scheme@(guile-user)> {str[4]}
scheme@(guile-user)> {str[4] <- #\a}
scheme@(guile-user)> str


On Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 11:32 AM Thomas Morley <> wrote:
Am Mi., 3. Aug. 2022 um 11:13 Uhr schrieb Damien Mattei
> GNU Guile 3.0.1
> Copyright (C) 1995-2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> Guile comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `,show w'.
> This program is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
> under certain conditions; type `,show c' for details.
> Enter `,help' for help.
> scheme@(guile-user)> (define str2 "hello")
> scheme@(guile-user)> (string-set! str2 4 #\a)
> ice-9/boot-9.scm:1669:16: In procedure raise-exception:
> string is read-only: "hello"
> Entering a new prompt.  Type `,bt' for a backtrace or `,q' to continue.
> scheme@(guile-user) [1]> ,q
> scheme@(guile-user)> (string? str2)
> #t
> is it a bug in Guile ? :-O
> i can only find reference to deprecated read-only string in old doc:
> Regards,
> Damien

Looks you need to do:

(define str2 (string-copy "hello"))
(string-set! str2 4 #\a)


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