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(PROCLAIM '(IGNORE ...))
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 1986 16:07 EST
From: Scott E. Fahlman <Fahlman at C.CS.CMU.EDU>
Sender: FAHLMAN at C.CS.CMU.EDU
The lexically scoped IGNORE declaration seemed a much cleaner solution.
Allowing global IGNORE proclamations seems a bit unclean to me, since
it can have an effect on variables that come in from God-knows-where and
that were never intended to be ignored. On the other hand, this would
not be disastrous -- it would result in a few spurious compiler warnings
in a few odd cases, and it wouldn't be at all hard to see what went
Additionally, the package system offers some protection against this.
I don't think Kent was suggesting that (PROCLAIM '(IGNORE FNORX))
should cause ignorance of all symbols string-equal to "FNORX"!
Note the difference with Zetalisp, in which all variables STRING-equal
to IGNORE are "ignore"d.