Subject: Re: Common Lisp wish list item
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 20 Aug 2002 23:03:53 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Christopher Browne <>
| In order for fixnums to be the natural machine word, the values either
| "bloat" the size of "fixnum objects," or require some other form of boxing.

  That is indeed the problem that I am trying to "even out".  The cost of an
  integer in the range between fixnum max and machine integer max today is
  prohibitive and we end up working with integers that have unpredictable
  costs.  I would like a little higher memory cost medium-sized integers in
  order to reduce the overall cost for 32-bit integers.  (It would of course be
  economical to intern the smallest integer range.)

| The situation seems reminiscent of what's in Java [...]

  I already covered this.  It is not unless you miss the point.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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