Subject: Re: basic package question
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 18:15:47 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Duane Rettig <>
| I'd be interested in seeing your solution.

  I have some wrinkles to iron out and some real life testing to do, so the
  timing of Paul F. Dietz' comments were slightly infavorable.  Franz Inc
  will be the first to know how about this, as you probably will be the
  only ones to seriously put it to the test, too.  :)

| I have not had a chance to work on this (and have told Kent as much)
| because I am deep into buttoning up our 6.2 version, which has been
| essentially feature-frozen after beta release.  But I am of course
| interested in seeing a solution for the future (it would also be nice if
| it were patchable).

  It should be patchable for either image, but my primary goal has been to
  give you a very good reason not to distribute two different images, as it
  causes people to choose the lower-case image when all they want is some
  of the features that some of your programmers only think will "work" with
  in lower-case, and offer some fairly ridiculous arguments to the effect
  that it is "necessary".  My goal has been to make it as easy to choose
  whether you see upper- or lower-case symbols as to set the readtable-case
  or the *print-case* variable.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.

  Post with compassion: