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Issue: LOAD-TIME-EVAL (Version 6)

    Date: Wed, 21 Sep 88 15:58 EDT
    From: Kent M Pitman <KMP@STONY-BROOK.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>

    Well, let me say up front that this description is absolutely unacceptable
    to me because of the verbiage about destructive modification.

    Also, I am concerned about how the "right thing" can be done with the
    env argument in the case of

       (DEFUN FOO (X) '(X #,(SQRT 3))))

    In a file compiler, the #, must read in a way that is acceptable to the
    compiler's runtime environment (compile to core) and the compiler's file
    environment (compile to file). And this decision must be made at

Of course this doesn't work and has never worked.

    If instead you wrote:

       (DEFUN FOO (X) #,`(X ,(SQRT 3))))

    and #, expanded into a LOAD-TIME-VALUE expression, then the compile to
    core operation could treat the LOAD-TIME-VALUE special form in one way
    and the file compiler could treat the LOAD-TIME-VALUE special form
    another way and things would work nicely as a natural result of the
    accessibility of the lexical environment from the special form.

You should be more explicit that what you are actually arguing for is
the removal of #, from the language.  You're also proposing to add a
new feature with very complicated but useful semantics, LOAD-TIME-VALUE,
to the language.  Pretending that you're fixing #, only obscures the issues.