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- To: RWK at MIT-MC
- From: KMP at MIT-MC (Kent M. Pitman)
- Date: Thu, 30 Oct 80 11:52:00 GMT
- Cc: (BUG LISP) at MIT-MC
- Original-date: 30 OCT 1980 0652-EST
#o means octal read. After all, (SETQ IBASE 8.) followed by 777777000000
is certainly going to read as a bignum. Imagine on a BCD machine
complaining that "1000000000." read as a bignum when you really wanted
to set a high bit in the 9th half-byte ... Would you have us screw all
the non-BCD users just for you? Now aren't you ashamed of yourself?
Seriously, though, i do agree w/ the motivation cited in Jonl's reply.