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Changing Packages when SELECTing

    Date: Thu, 6 Jul 89 10:22:08 mdt
    From: intvax!drstrip@unmvax.cs.unm.edu

    How can I force a package change when I select a new activity?
    I tried a quick hack of
    (defmethod (select tv:select-mixin :after)()
      (in-package <some package name>))

    but that seems to have no effect as far as I can tell.
    Any suggestions?
    David Strip

The correct way to do this is to establish a LET-binding (actually
SYS:STANDARD-VALUE-LET for interactive programs) for ZL:PACKAGE or
LISP:*PACKAGE* in that activity's top level.  Then it is a simple matter to
change this binding, either with SETQ or 
			  :LISTENER <listener-instance>) <new package>).  

Most system-provided activities already have such a binding established.

You could also provide a special instance variable named ZL:PACKAGE or
LISP:*PACKAGE* in your window if you were so inclined.  That is considered a
bit of a kludge, but it works.  This binding would supersede any other binding
for that window's methods in any process, and would establish a binding in
that activity's process.

It's not surprising that your :AFTER method doesn't work.  The SELECT generic
function generally does not run in the same process as the new activity; it
runs in the process that selects that activity, i.e. either the previous
window or the SELECT or FUNCTION key processes.  Therefore, unless you have an
instance variable named ZL:PACKAGE or LISP:*PACKAGE* that has been declared
with :SPECIAL-INSTANCE-VARIABLES, your method would not affect the binding in
the selected activity.