[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
- To: Moon@STONY-BROOK.SCRC.Symbolics.COM
- Subject: Issue: PATHNAME-SYMBOL
- From: Kent M Pitman <KMP@STONY-BROOK.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
- Date: Thu, 14 May 87 13:43 EDT
- Cc: CL-Cleanup@SAIL.STANFORD.EDU
- In-reply-to: <870511180110.7.MOON@EUPHRATES.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
I support PATHNAME-SYMBOL:NO, but I have the following comments:
* Please change the reference to filename "nil" to filename "NIL"
since (STRING NIL) returns "NIL" and not "nil". This is a minor
point, but I think worth doing.
* Note that the biggest impact of this change on users is that
they will not be able to say (LOAD'FOO) which they commonly type
interactively to mean (LOAD "FOO"). One advantage, of course, is
that in case-sensitive file systems, people won't do
(load'foo) and wonder why file "FOO" (rather than "foo") is not
found. Still, I think the fact that we're going to make it an
error for people to type (LOAD 'FOO) is worth documenting as part
of the cost of this proposal so that no one ends up surprised.