Subject: Re: Common Lisp wish list item From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 20 Aug 2002 05:55:10 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * Bulent Murtezaoglu <firstname.lastname@example.org> | Would you not consider (*-byte 32) declarations along with block compilation | as a possible solution? For the particular case where I work specifically with modulo-32-bit integers, that would suffice, but where I need real integers, I do not want C semantics, but I would really appreciate being able to use the full machine width without going to bignums with the last 2 bits. | Am I missing the point? What I really want is better integration with the hardware and other tools on the same hardware. On the other hand, if we had boxed integers in the normal case, I could imagine using interned integers and single-word boxes that could be upgraded very efficiently to a bignum when whole machine words were used in the computations. The assembler programmer in me still protests against the shifting and reduced value space. So I also wonder what people have done, not whether they are satisfied with the status quo, which I guess most people are, at least as far as doing anything about it. -- Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder. Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.