[armedbear-devel] Proposal for URL to be used as Pathnames

Alessio Stalla alessiostalla at gmail.com
Fri Mar 26 08:44:20 UTC 2010

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 9:34 AM, Mark Evenson <evenson at panix.com> wrote:
> I've [committed to an initial design][1] for URLs to be used as
> Pathnames, which I am in the process of implementing.  The primary use
> of this functionality will be to be able to eventually express OSGi
> bundles within ASDF system definitions.
> [1]:
> http://trac.common-lisp.net/armedbear/browser/trunk/abcl/doc/design/url-pathnames.markdown
> The gist of the proposal is to represent a URL with a Pathname whose
> HOST component is a list.  The list will be an association list with the
> key :SCHEME containing the URL scheme and :AUTHORITY containing the URL
> authority.  The DIRECTORY, NAME, and TYPE components will be used to
> construct the PATH of the URL.
> As an example, "http://example.org:8080/org/armedbear/lisp/boot.lisp"
> would be converted to a Pathname as follows
>   pathname: {
>     host: (:SCHEME "http" :AUTHORITY "example.org:8080"),
>     directory: (:ABSOLUTE "org" "armedbear" "lisp"),
>     name: "boot",
>     type: "lisp"
>   }
> As an answer to Alessio's question (long ago) about whether URLs should
> really be a Pathname or if we are better off using a class, I think that
> they really are better abstracted as a Pathname because they a) have a
> hierarchical path b) the network location has a strong resemblance to
> how HOST is used for UNC mounts under Windows and c) being able to
> express OSGi bundles in ASDF has a chance of working.
> Critique welcome.

FWIW, CLForJava also represents URLs as pathnames:


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