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Sharing of LISP jobs.
- To: (BUG HIC) at MIT-MC, (BUG LISP) at MIT-MC, JLK at MIT-MC
- Subject: Sharing of LISP jobs.
- From: JPG at MIT-MC (Jeffrey P. Golden)
- Date: Fri, 23 Jun 78 00:05:00 GMT
- Cc: JM at MIT-MC, MRG at MIT-MC, RWK at MIT-MC
- Original-date: 22 JUN 1978 2005-EDT
Whereas I agree that sharing amongst LISP jobs is important, I do not
care for JLK's proposed solutions.  :L, :LISP SHOULD be used for
the most recent LISP. This would greatly aid development of programs,
of which LISP is one, and encourage usage and testing of the changes in
LISP. It is essential that a LISP be tested out before a MACSYMA to be
released is dumped in it, and I see of no better way than to call it
"L" or "LISP".
 We have long ago determined that a user, released system such as
MACSYMA should not be dumped out frequently, as this is the way to
make it stable and reliable, and make it possible for users to cope
with changes and bugs. Furthermore, a new MACSYMA undergoes thorough
testing before release and this occupies a good deal of my time and
 For the best development, systems such as LISP and MACSYMA should be
released when most appropriate to their development. Anyway, there
might very well be a new MACSYMA soon.