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Re: sharing list structure

From: rgb
Subject: Re: sharing list structure
Date: 24 Mar 2005 17:01:29 -0800
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Joe Corneli wrote:
> I'm not sure how to do the following:
>  I have a list A, that grows, shrinks, and changes.
>  I want to have a list B that includes list A within
>  its list structure, along with other things, and that
>  automatically keeps the "A" part of itself in synch
>  with A.
There will certainly be some kid gloves involved because most of
the normal things you might want to do with A are destructive or
subversive to any pointer B might hold.  The reason is, B is a
symbol in an obarray that points to a list element.  That list
element might have a CDR which points to the same list element
that A points to but a change to A list can never cause the
pointer held by some element in list B to change. So any
operation involving setq A will very likely cause the
corresponding pointer in list B to point to an obsolete location.

> Is there a way to accomplish this?  And if it can't be done with
> list structure alone, what other suggestions can you make?

I'm pretty sure this is not what you are looking for since
the position of the contents of B within list A is fixed.

(defmacro a+b () '`(,@A ,@B))  ;or any number of similar things
(setq A '(a b c d))
(setq B '(1 2 3 4))
  => (a b c d 1 2 3 4)
(setq a '(w x y z))
(setq b '(9 8 7 6))
  => (w x y z 9 8 7 6)

To be honest, I can't think of a way to do what it seems you
want in *any* language.  But maybe I don't really understand.

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