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Re: file access FAQ
- To: David Kieras <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: file access FAQ
- From: kab (Kim Barrett)
- Date: Thu, 19 Nov 92 10:33:53
- Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> This should be an FAQ: What's a good way to access files in
> different directories in MCL, in a way that will not require code
> changes to run in other CL implementations or on other Macs, and
> allows some independence of the directory hierarchy?
> It isn't intuitively obvious how to do this in MCL in a way that
> will allow the code to similarly load correctly without being
> changed across machines or platforms. So the solution has to be
> pure CL, but using aliases to mimic links would be fine too.
> E.g. the ugly thing I am doing now is to spell out the complete
> path in the loads, and then when I move the code to another Mac
> or machine, I alter the paths in the code with a global
> substitution; I constrain the Macs to have isomorphic file
> structures, so only the name of the disk drive has to be changed.
> Expedient, but ugly, and a constant nuisance.
> A better approach would be appreciated!
Use logical pathnames (CLtL2, p.628).