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bug#59221: (file-exists? #f) raises an exception

From: tomas
Subject: bug#59221: (file-exists? #f) raises an exception
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2022 07:44:18 +0100

On Sun, Nov 13, 2022 at 02:15:43AM +0000, jbranso--- via Bug reports for GUILE, 
GNU's Ubiquitous Extension Language wrote:
> November 12, 2022 12:58 PM, "Jean Abou Samra" <jean@abou-samra.fr> wrote:
> >> Le 12 nov. 2022 à 18:50, Joshua Branson via Bug reports for GUILE, GNU's 
> >> Ubiquitous Extension
> >> Language <bug-guile@gnu.org> a écrit :
> >> 
> >> Hello you lovely guile people!
> >> 
> >> This bug is so simple the subject line says it all!

[file-exists? raises exception on #f]


> > It is normal for predicates to be defined only on certain types. You will 
> > find the same with
> > positive?, string-null? and the like.
> Perhaps I am just being really pedantic.  I asked in the #guile irc chat if a 
> predicate should 
> be able to raise an exception.  The answer I was given was no.

You both have a point. Checking for existing predicates with a
longer tradition, though:

  scheme@(guile-user)> (exact? "mumble")
  ice-9/boot-9.scm:1685:16: In procedure raise-exception:
  In procedure exact?: Wrong type argument in position 1: "mumble"

seems to support Jean Abu's position that it is more customary to
raise for an argument of the wrong type. Also `string<?', etc.
do this. That seems to be the consensus.


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