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- To: common-lisp@SU-AI.ARPA
- Subject: Exporting Structures
- From: Scott E. Fahlman <Fahlman@CMU-CS-C.ARPA>
- Date: Tue, 06 Dec 1983 21:34:00 -0000
We now have some real Common Lisp users around here, and they are
finding the holes at a steady pace. One, found by Mike Jones, concerns
the interaction of packages and DEFSTRUCT. Unless I'm missing
something, the language currently has no way to tell a DEFSTRUCT to
export all of the various accessors and other forms it defines. You
don't want exporting by default -- the majority of structures are for
internal use within a subsystem -- but when you do want to export all of
the handles on some structure it is a pain to do this for each accessor.
Proposal: add an :EXPORT option to DEFSTRUCT that causes each of the
defined forms to be exported from the current package. (If people like
this solution, it could become one of the "semi-official extensions"
until the second edition of the Common Lisp Book of the Dead takes shape.