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[Gcl-devel] Re: Major Project

From: Camm Maguire
Subject: [Gcl-devel] Re: Major Project
Date: 22 Oct 2006 13:48:53 -0400
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Thank you so much for this suggestion!  I'm missing the referent to
this discussion -- is there a context that can be shared?

Might be of interest that I just uploaded a cvs snapshot into Debian
-- test failures now below 700.

There are quite a few other projects in GCL as well which might be of
interest -- please let me know if describing them would be helpful.

Take care,

Robert Boyer <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm not sure the following project would suit you at all, but it is one
> that I could understand and approve and feel sure was a contribution to
> the world.
> The implementation of the FORMAT statement of GNU Common Lisp (GCL)
> requires a lot of careful work to move from the older "Common Lisp the
> Language I" (c. 1985) standard to the "CLTL2/ANSI" (c. 1995) standard.
> The FORMAT statement implementation is written mostly in C and is
> reasonably self contained, so one need not deeply understand the rest of
> the huge GCL implementation to make progress on FORMAT.  Many FORMAT
> errors are clearly revealed by Paul Dietz's error suite.  But there are
> many, many more FORMAT errors, I am sure, that would be revealed by a
> simple careful reading of the ANSI standard and the GCL code.  You can
> find free-software implementations of ANSI Common Lisp that are probably
> closer to the ANSI standard with regard to FORMAT in CMU Common Lisp,
> Steel Bank Common Lisp, Clisp, and ABCL.  Those implementations might
> provide one great deal of guidance about how changes ought to be made.

Camm Maguire                                            address@hidden
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