Package-local nicknames

Pascal J. Bourguignon pjb at
Fri Nov 27 14:42:23 UTC 2015

Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at>

> 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)?

I implemented recently allegro's hierarchical package in conforming CL

and this week, phoe_krk implemented his own version of package local
pseudonyms (like package nicknames, but separate):

Perhaps it'd really be time to write a CDR and implement something good
and common on all implementations?

__Pascal Bourguignon__       
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a
dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to
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