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Date: 30 Mar 86 22:19 PST
From: Miller.pa at Xerox
(apply (lambda (x . y) (+ x y)) (cons 1 2))
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1986 01:51 EST
From: Scott E. Fahlman <Fahlman at C.CS.CMU.EDU>
It certainly doesn't work in Common Lisp because lambda lists don't do
destructuring in Common Lisp (though the argument lists for macros do
Also, in Common Lisp you'd have to say "(function (lambda ...))".
I would translate the question into Common Lisp as:
(apply (function (lambda (x &rest y) (+ x y))) (cons 1 2))
which eliminates the question of "descructuring", but I would guess still
preserves Ken Kahn's original question. A strict reading of the Common
Lisp book would not require this to work, as far as I can see. An
implementor would seem to be within his rights to insist that the last
argument to APPLY always be a proper list.