Subject: Re: compiled code From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 12 Sep 2002 02:26:48 +0000 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * Matthew Danish | Very nice output =) But how does it know that the result is a fixnum? Allegro CL has a compiler optimization switch that makes declared fixnums remain fixnums. It defaults to true only when speed is 3 and safety 0. If you turn it off, the same Common Lisp code produces more machine code: 0: c1 f8 02 sarl eax,$2 3: c1 fa 02 sarl edx,$2 6: 03 c2 addl eax,edx 8: ff a7 87 00 jmp *[edi+135] ; sys::fixnum-or-bignum 00 00 The shifts convert from the fixnum representation (two type tag bits) to the machine integer and the tail-called function will shift the sum back if there is space or cons a bignum if not. -- 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.