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Re: Basic questions about elisp

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: Basic questions about elisp
Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 15:41:02 +0100
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Francis Moreau <address@hidden> writes:

> Hello,
> I'm trying to learn elisp and have a couple of basic questions.
> I'm iterating over a list using dotimes, but in the body of dotimes,
                                  dolist                      dolist

> the list can mutate. For example I have:
>   (dolist (elt lst)
>     ;; some codes
>     (nconc lst '(2)))

This is an infinite loop.  It will break when the program runs out of

> This adds/appends a new element to 'lst' list. It looks like 'dotimes'
> doesn't like it.

If you are not careful, you won't be able to program...

> I also need to iterate over elements of a vector.  I basically use a
> 'while' loop as above. Is there any helper to do that, I looked at
> "(elisp) Sequences Arrays Vectors" but found nothing appropriate.

(require 'cl)
(loop for element in list       do (something element))
(loop for element across vector do (something element))

> And finally, is it the good place to ask such questions about elisp ?

Yes, it's right here.

__Pascal Bourguignon__

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