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Re: Proposal to change naming format to allow package-prefix/function-na

From: Sam Steingold
Subject: Re: Proposal to change naming format to allow package-prefix/function-name
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:32:39 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (darwin)

> * Richard Stallman <address@hidden> [2019-12-30 19:45:34 -0500]:
> In Common Lisp, name spaces do not behave cleanly.  The reason is that
> a symbol's name space has to be recognized when it is read, for the
> sake of symbols compared with eq.  This is too early to make good choices.

Could you please elaborate?

If you are referring to the need to wrap `require` in `eval-when`, then
CLISP dealt with it by handling `require` specially in compiler, so that

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(require 'foo)
(foo:define-foo ...)
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

works just fine.

> To get clean behavior for name spaces, it is necessary to be able to
> choose a symbol's name space based on the execution context when code
> is run.  Some languages do that, and name spaces are simple and clear
> in those languages.

Again, could you please clarify what you mean here?


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