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    Date: 9 DEC 1978 1327-EST
    From: JONL at MIT-MC (Jon L White)

    Why doesn't the LISP system do the DELETEF necessary before
    doing a RENAMEF on the DEC10 implementations?  I.e., if
    a file FOO.BAR already exists, then it is necessary to delete it
    before (RENAMEF '(FOO.NEW) '(FOO.BAR))  will win.
On Tops-10 people do not expect to be able to superceed a file by renaming it.
Therefore, to have LISP do the DELETEF stands a chance of causing lossage.  Not
having it do the rename can never cause loss of information.
I don't think it should be changed.