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Adjustable and displaced arrays
- To: common-lisp@SU-AI.ARPA
- Subject: Adjustable and displaced arrays
- From: Rob MacLachlan <RAM@CMU-CS-C.ARPA>
- Date: Thu, 23 May 1985 03:56:00 -0000
I am somewhat confused about the interaction between array adjustment
In CLTL p298:
Note that if the array a is created displaced to array b and
subsequently array b is given to adjust-array, array a will still
be displaced to array b; the effects of this displacement and the
rule of row-major storage order must be taken into account.
What is this trying to say? Is this a warning to the user or a threat
to the implementor? The obvious interpretation of this statement
seems to require that all non-simple arrays contain a list of all the
other array headers that share the same data so that they can be fixed
up when the array is adjusted. The answer that you stick in a
forwarding pointer is not acceptable.
The statement in the manual also doesn't answer the question of what
happens to array b if array a is adjusted. Is it legal or meaningful
to have arrays which are both displaced to another array and
adjustable? What are the semantics of adjusting such an array?