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#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.