Subject: Re: gensym vs make-symbol [was: Re: newbie: please don't smash my case ] From: Erik Naggum <email@example.com> Date: 2000/07/09 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> * Rob Warnock | Other than reducing possible confusion while debugging with | "macroexpand", is there any real reason to prefer (gensym "foo") | over (make-symbol "foo") when defining macros that need | non-capturing local variables? Both produce fresh uninterned symbols | which can't conflict with (capture) any other symbol. So in what | circumstances is one preferred over the other, or vice-versa? Well, I use make-symbol exclusively and see no reason for gensym or gentemp at all. I tend to set *print-circle* to t, anyway. #:Erik -- If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.