Subject: Re: soft refs (weak pointers)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/08/13
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* David Bakhash <>
| but in general, I wonder what the reasons are that weak refs are not
| part of the spec.

  It's important to realize that this is an invalid question, like any
  other anachronistic question, because it assumes that what you know
  now was known then.  The appropriate questions in such a situation
  include: "Were weak references considered for standardization?", the
  answer to which is "no", thus there _are_ no reasons they are not
  part of the spec.

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.