# [armedbear-devel] #P serialization across Windows/non-Windows (was Re: r12666 breaks ASDF compilation on Linux)

Mark Evenson evenson at panix.com
Thu Jun 17 06:11:40 UTC 2010

On 6/15/10 2:05 PM, Alessio Stalla wrote:

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> Eliminating the problem in the general case is harder and we'd better
> discuss the possible solutions. Here's my take at it:
>
> 1) don't fix it. State clearly that literal pathnames in source are
> OS-dependent.
>
> 2) keep, for each pathname constructed via #P or parse-namestring, the
> string passed by the user, until the pathname is destructively
> modified. When dumping it, use that string if available, else warn and
> use a calculated string.

I still don't understand how this approach solves the problem with ASDF.
Wouldn't we still have the failure on non-Windows when "\foo\bar" is
passed to the #P reader?  Namely, that it would be interpreted as:

{
directory: nil,
name: "\foo\bar"
}

What is the point of the "destructively modified" condition?

> 3) dump-object for pathnames outputs a MAKE-PATHNAME form that
> reconstructs the pathname component by component.

4)  Code a heuristic in the Pathname.init(String) that attempts to
interpret a Pathname from the other platform by converting all '\' to

a)  If the Pathname begins with '\\'
i) if win interpret as UNC server
ii) non-win signal a CONDITION

b)  convert all '\' to '/'

c)  run the rest of the current init()

On win, the init() code (line 403++) will convert the '\' back to '/'.

A problem arises for non-win Pathnames that contain true '\' characters
in a directory/file name, which then will have no pathname<-->namestring
roundtripping.  It should still be possible to construct such shaggy
monsters via MAKE-PATHNAME.

As for load forms, I think simply marking the namestring as "transient"
(i.e. not persisting it) will do the right thing as on first access it
will be re-computed to the proper local conventions.

This still doesn't completely address the presence of win-specific
Pathname components (HOST with a UNC server, DEVICE with a single
character string [A-Z]) in non-win.   Signal a CONDITION when this is
detected?

N.B.  All the above written without benefit of testing with ABCL, as my
wrist still precludes heavy use of Emacs.

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