Package-local nicknames

Alessio Stalla alessiostalla at
Fri Nov 27 14:18:50 UTC 2015

On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM, Marco Antoniotti <marcoxa at>

> > On Nov 27, 2015, at 14:34 , Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hello list,
> >
> > long time no see :)
> >
> > I'm once again experimenting on ABCL with a sort of a pet peeve of mine:
> hierarchical symbols (aka symbols as packages aka symbol/package
> conflation). If I get good results I'll submit an article to the next ELS.
> Btw, is anyone going?
> >
> > I've seen that, since the time when I was actively contributing to it,
> ABCL has gained package-local nicknames (or, they were already there and I
> never noticed or I forgot about them). Since my experiment is, I suppose, a
> superset of what said nicknames have to offer, I'm curious: is anybody
> using them? How? Are they a novel idea of ABCL's, or were they inspired by
> other implementations? Do they implement some specification (e.g., a CDR)?
> There is no CDR on the topic (want to write one?).  But ACL has had
> something like that for some time (cfr.,
> and, if my
> neuron is not failing me also SBCL/CMUCL.
> I should be able to make it to ELS.

Thanks, I was not aware of the ACL feature and it seems related to what I'm
experimenting with. I'll read it carefully and ponder about it and whether
it makes my work less relevant, but let's keep that off this list as it's
off-topic ;)
ABCL seems to provide something simpler - package nicknames depending on
the current package, but no hierarchy. That's, however, from glimpsing at
ABCL's source and skimming the ACL docs, so I might be totally wrong.

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