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- Subject: fill-pointer
- From: vax135!lcuxle!elia@ucbvax.Berkeley.EDU (Weixelbaum Elia)
- Date: Fri, 15 Jan 88 11:37:22 EST
If a vector X has been defined with a fill pointer, then should the
following be valid?
(SETF (FILL-POINTER X) T)
On page 296 of CLtL, it would seem that it is not valid:
"SETF may be used with FILL-POINTER to change the fill pointer of a
vector. The fill pointer of a vector must always be an integer between
zero and the size of the vector (inclusive)."
However, since T is allowed at the time the vector is defined (see page 288),
then why not when changing it? It would seem convenient to restore a
vector X that has a fill pointer to its full size without having to find its
value with (ARRAY-DIMENSION X 0), or some other comparable function.
Of the implementations that I've looked at, TI allows
(SETF (FILL-POINTER X) T), while KCL and XEROX do not. CL allowed it,
but erroneously since it actually put T into the fill pointer and that
messed up accesses to X.