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- To: RMS at MIT-AI
- From: George J. Carrette <GJC at MIT-MC>
- Date: Thu ,7 Jan 82 04:24:00 EDT
- Cc: BUG-LISPM at MIT-AI
Date: 7 January 1982 02:53-EST
From: Richard M. Stallman <RMS at MIT-AI>
To: BUG-LISPM at MIT-AI
I was susprised to discover that various special open keywords
implemented by LMFILE caused errors when passed to other file systems.
I had expected them to ignore keywords they did not recognize.
I still think they should ignore keywords that they don't recognize.
That's the biggest bullshit I've ever heard. Specific pre-determined
keywords, sure. But why be so willing to throw away elementary
and well accepted error-checking principals so lightly?
Face facts, there is more than one file system for the lispmachine,
and those involved have to deal with the fact by means *other*
than: "argument by seeing who has more time to waste going around changing
existing code, may the fastest editor win!" Time to be conservative,
not time to be one of entropy's little helpers.