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Re: How to delete all nil properties from a plist?

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: How to delete all nil properties from a plist?
Date: Sun, 02 Aug 2015 03:36:22 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> writes:

> Marcin Borkowski <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Hi all, so I'm still using plists, though I'm less
>>> and less sure that they are actually better than
>>> alists for my use-case. Now I need to delete all
>>> properties whose value is nil. I'm using this
>>> function:
> Try this:
> (require 'cl)
> (defun plist-drop-nil-props (l)
>   (let((new)
>        (prop nil) )
>     (cl-loop for x in l
>              do (if (or (setq prop (not prop)) x)
>                     (setq new (append new (list x)))
>                   (setq new (butlast new))))
>     new))

This is horrible. Again, you can't prevent yourself writing O(n²) code
when O(n) would do perfectly.

__Pascal Bourguignon__       
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