Subject: Re: howto string->symbol
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/04/05
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* kp gores <>
| well, i didn't test it. but i thought that pack A using pack B knows 
| about only the (external) symbols of B existing at the time of using and 
| not later created symbols.

  as I suspected, but I am curious, from an educational vantage point --
  it's an odd assumption to make, in my view, and I wonder how you came to
  think this way.  here's how I think: when you let a package use another
  package, you refer to the package, as opposed to the symbols of the
  package with, say, a use-package-symbols operator, which is what import
  does, essentially.  my goal is to find out how to explain the difference
  between import and use-package very succinctly.  it is not enough to
  argue that the name "use-package" is sufficient, unless one also argues
  that people pay _real_ good attention to the names, but whether that is
  feasible or not is the underlying concern.