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Re: elisp errors

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: elisp errors
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 21:58:06 -0500
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In article <address@hidden>,
 Samuel Wales <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 20:48, Barry Margolin <address@hidden> wrote:
> > (dotimes (i 100)
> >  (c-indent-command)
> >  (move-beginning-of-line 0)
> >  (next-line 1)
> >  (message "fin partielle"))
> Question: is this the usual approach?  Seems a little strange to bind
> i when it's not used, especially since emacs lisp uses dynamic extent
> by default.
> A minor note: this might require 'cl, (an excellent package).
> (For those who don't know, Barry is a very experienced Common Lisper.)

AFAIK, there's no variant of DOTIMES that doesn't require you to provide 
a variable to hold the counter.  And even if there were, it would simply 
have to have a hidden variable of its own, although it could use a 
gensym to avoid potential variable shadowing problems.

But there's virtually no chance that there's a global variable named i 
that you'll shadow with this.  Just don't do something like:

(dotimes (goal-column 100)

and you should be OK.

Barry Margolin, address@hidden
Arlington, MA
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