Subject: Re: LispWorks with ILISP (Was: OK, CLIM it is. Now my options are...)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001 00:43:33 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Erik Haugan <>
| I've seen people mention this, but I don't really get what it means.
| What could you do with a multithreading ILISP?  Wouldn't it require a
| multithreading Emacs?

  I guess it has to be seen in use to be considered useful.  E.g., you
  could do a large compilation in another thread and not impact symbol
  completion, which, incidentally, would not impact any work in progress in
  the listener where you requested symbol completion.  All compilations
  from Emacs could be performed in their own threads because the Common
  Lisp system would never know how long they would take to complete.  The
  most user-visible feature is that you can have multiple interaction
  buffers, or "Lisp listeners".  Emacs is not multithreaded, but each
  buffer that talks to a subprocess can perform I/O "simultaneously".

  I thought you had played with Allegro CL and the Emacs-Lisp Interface,
  but if not, it is hard to see from the documentation how this can be used
  profitably and conveniently.  The Emacs function fi:open-lisp-listener is
  a good start to get a new listener.  Using M-x fi:compile-file, etc, is
  also more convenient than giving the commands directly to the repl,
  despite with the :cf shorthand.  Both menus and keybindings exist for
  many of these useful functions.  It takes some getting used to, since the
  whole interface is built on a fairly old version of the comint package,
  but it is well worth it.

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