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Sounds like all alternatives are bad. For reference, they are:

1. Have a list of fields that it has to copy on every machine.
   Then, some machines will always spit out errors (ie TOPS-20)

2. Have a list of fields to copy for each machine type. This has
   been called an incredible kludge; better to have the user
   get unneeded error messages.

3. Have a special "copy all fields you can" command, that each
   host interprets correctly. This transfers the kludge out of
   the lisp machine and into the host FILE program.

I vote for whatever kludge protects the user from brain damaged
unneeded error messages. And I don't buy the argument that
it is not the responsibility of the lisp machine to protect
the user from brain damage, either its own or that of damaged