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- To: Robert.Frederking @ CMU-CS-CAD
- Subject: Painful retraction
- From: Alan Bawden <ALAN @ MIT-MC>
- Date: Thu, 23 Aug 1984 18:10:00 -0000
- Cc: common-lisp @ SU-AI, guy.steele @ CMU-CS-A
- In-reply-to: Msg of 23 Aug 1984 11:34:34 EDT from Robert.Frederking at cmu-cs-cad.arpa
Date: Thursday, 23 August 1984 11:34:34 EDT
From: Robert.Frederking at cmu-cs-cad
I made the mental equivalent of a typo in my original question to
Guy Steele, thus inadvertantly slandering DEC.
I am in the habit of calling this a "thinko" or a "braino".
What I meant to inquire about was that the *access functions* give
fatal errors if handed nil, which is a more reasonable behavior (if
still personally annoying)....
I would oppose contracting access functions to any kind of behavior when
not handed an actual instance of the structure. In some mail that just
arrived this instant, I see that Fahlman has spared me the trouble of
giving the arguments against it here.