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Re: Applying intern-soft to a symbol

From: N. Raghavendra
Subject: Re: Applying intern-soft to a symbol
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:21:55 +0530
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At 2017-04-24T10:41:43-07:00, John Mastro wrote:

> The reader interned the symbol `quux' into the default obarray while
> reading the expression (intern-soft 'quux). Reading occurs before
> evaluation, so `quux' had been interned before the actual call to
> `intern-soft' occurred.

Thanks for the clarification.

I didn't understand that interning was done by the reader, though this
is clearly mentioned in the manual: `If the obarray does not contain a
symbol with that name, the reader makes a new symbol and adds it to the
obarray.  Finding or adding a symbol with a certain name is called
“interning” it, and the symbol is then called an “interned symbol”.'


N. Raghavendra <>,
Harish-Chandra Research Institute,

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