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:append keyword on compile-file
PDP10 MacLisp structured its "fasl" file format so that the loader
could simply read one "fasl group" in a file, and then read the next
one, and so on. That way, pre-existing fasl files could be simply
concatenated, and one call to the LOAD function would get them all
(in sequence). Of course, this implies a certain independence among
the "groups". The compiler could also produce concatenated fasl files
from a multiple-source-file compilation request.
Version 2 of Lucid's system has such a capabililty (in the fasl loader).
We have used it internally as a means of batching together some related
compiled files, and for "tacking on" patch files. However, I don't know
just how or when this will be made available for customer use.
-- JonL --