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Re: EVAL-WHEN (really symbol-function)
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 86 07:44:35 pst
"symbol-function returns the current global function definition named by
symbol. An error is signalled if the symbol has no function definition;
see fboundp. Note that the definition may be an object representing a
special form or macro. In the latter case, it is an error to attempt to
invoke the object as a function."
Note that the only valid object which may be returned is something of type
function (if the symbol has a global function definition). This is obvious
from the last sentence in the paragraph above. Since you claim
any object can be stored and that the retrieved value must be EQL, then any
object can be retrieved. This is totally contradictory to the quoted
paragraph above. It very explicitly states in which cases it is an error to
invoke the object as a function, and the case you are establishing is not
Yes, it says that if the object is not a function, it is an error to
attempt to invoke it. However, it doesn't say anywhere that if the
object is not a function, it is an error to call symbol-function. So
there is no contradiction.
What you say is "obvious" is not obvious at all, because of the fuzzy
use of the word "valid".