Philipp Stephani <address@hidden> writes:
> emacs_env::make_function lacks the following features supported by
> 1. Functions with both optional and rest arguments.
> 2. Specification of parameter names.
> 3. Integration with `help-function-arglist'.
> 4. Specification of interactive forms.
> 5. Specification of declare forms.
> 6. Docstrings containing null or non-Unicode characters.
> (6) is probably rather unimportant. (5) is probably not implementable
> (would require wrapping `defun', not `lambda'). (1)–(4) are more severe
> and quite limit the usefulness of make_function right now; for a
> truly generic `defun'-like construct one currently has to eval a `defun'
> form wrapping another function.
Shouldn't modules be providing a DEFUN-like construct instead? That is,
I thought the idea of modules was to enable writing primitive
I don't know what the idea of modules originally was. However, defun and DEFUN are composite operations: They create a function object (lambda) and provide an alias for it. Therefore they can't replace the more primitive operations. The current module interface design chooses to provide the primitive operation to make a function object and have the caller call defalias. That's a reasonable choice.
> To solve (1)–(3), I'd propose replacing the "arity" arguments with a
> true arglist specification. This could either be at the C level, e.g.
> ptrdiff_t num_mandatory_args, char** mandatory_arg_names,
> ptrdiff_t num_optional_args, char** optional_arg_names,
> char* rest_arg_name
> or by requiring to pass a Lisp argument list.
> To solve (4) I'd propose to pass another value for the interactive form,
> probably as emacs_value* (to support non-interactive functions).
> As an alternative, if people feel this would require too many
> parameters, I'd propose reverting the change that adds the documentation
> string. A docstring without arglist is not very useful. We could also
> remove the arity parameters and have the C function check the arity
I think adding "(fn ARG1 ARG2...)" to the docstring would solve (1)-(3).
That doesn't work, because Emacs ignores this syntax when the arguments are provided explicitly, and since a module function is just a (lambda (&rest args) ...) under the hood, the arglist is always just (&rest args).
What's lacking is a way to add this automagically like DEFUN does. And
getting the parameters in C variables like DEFUN would also be nice.
Maybe, but not for the module interface. The module interface explicitly only provides basic primitives, without macro magic or high-level functions. High-level functionality built on top of the primitives is out of scope.