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A number of arguments seem to be of the form "Well, when I see the word
BYE I think it might mean turn off the power on my system..."
So lets go for a more specific name than QUIT (or EXIT) , which could
mean QUIT of any number of things (QUIT the process, QUIT the debugger
loop, QUIT this top-level loop, etc.) For example,
EXIT-LISP &optional forever [Function]
The exact behavior EXIT-LISP is, of course, implementation dependent.
Its purpose is to leave the running Lisp system. In Lisp systems that
run under an operating system with a command shell, this command returns
you to the operating system shell. The optional parameter "forever"
indicates whether there's any intention to return to this Lisp.
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Interlisp in all of its implementations has had (LOGOUT) forever.
(LOGOUT) under Unix, VMS and Tops-20 meant "go to operating system". In
Interlisp-D, (LOGOUT) means "leave but save enough to let me come back"
and (LOGOUT T) means "leave without saving state".
A call to (LOGOUT) *can* return -- when you restart! It doesn't mean
that it "failed".
LOGOUT seems like a good model for what is wanted here. Users moving
from Interlisp-10 to Interlisp-D found it a natural analog, even though
what it did was very different.