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INTERN and "intern" -- the unwise choice of terminology

    Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1985  10:42 EST
    From: Rob MacLachlan <RAM@CMU-CS-C.ARPA>

	I don't think that a home-package-setting operation is well
    defined, at least without some constraints.  The system would
    certainly get confused if you set the home package to a package that
    the symbol was not accessible in, and it would be dubious to set the
    home package to a package where the symbol is not present (as opposed
    to inherited).

	If you impose these requirements, setting the home package starts
    to sound a great deal like IMPORT.  I think that the proposal to have
    IMPORT set the home package if there is none makes a great deal of
    sense.  The effect of IMPORT is really about the same as old-style
    intern on a symbol.  I don't really like the idea of INTERN having
    obscure side-effects such as setting the home package, since it is
    something that the system often does without an explicit request.

This message makes sense to me.