Subject: Re: Packages
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 11:48:13 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* "Joe Marshall"
| I want to refer to a symbol that I *know* will exist a short time in the
| future.  I have no intention of using or manipulating the symbol until it
| exists and the package system is set up, I just want to refer to the
| name.  Even so, I'm out of luck.

  I can sympathize with this problem, as you have described it, but I
  wonder if you have ever tried to dump a new image with the packages
  loaded.  That has been how I have done things for the longest time.  I
  even tend to build my own Emacs that way.  It not only saves a lot of
  time in the startup phase and avoids loading a lot of files every time,
  but building and dumping a new image would of course be done from
  scratch, without an init file.  The dumped image already has all the
  packages loaded so now your init file loads without problems.

  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.