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re: bug in MACLISP 2122
- To: JONL at MIT-MC
- Subject: re: bug in MACLISP 2122
- From: J. Q. Johnson <Admin.JQJ at SU-SCORE>
- Date: Mon, 30 Nov 81 21:57:00 GMT
- Cc: admin.lougheed at SU-SCORE, bug-maclisp at MIT-MC
- In-reply-to: Your message of 30-Nov-81 1323-PST
- Original-date: 30 Nov 1981 1357-PST
Date: 30 November 1981 16:23-EST
From: Jon L White <JONL at MIT-MC>
To: Admin.lougheed at SU-SCORE
. . .
This is entirely due to the recent (as far as MacLISP is concerned)
incompatible change to TOPS-20, that of making PS: be a logical name.
Note that "making PS: a logical name" is *not* necessarily a recent change.
Anyone could have done this for him/herself at any time since Tops-20 was
first released (well, PS: only mattered since Release 2, but...). Maclisp
has had lots of time to adapt to the Tops-20 way of doing things, and has
failed to do so. The only real recent change is that now the system
REQUIRES that PS: be a logical name, so what was formerly a user
restriction now becomes a bug.
Oh well, for new lisp programs we can always encourage people to use ELISP
instead of Maclisp.