Package-local nicknames

Marco Antoniotti marcoxa at
Fri Nov 27 14:46:56 UTC 2015

> On Nov 27, 2015, at 15:42 , Pascal J. Bourguignon <pjb at> wrote:
> Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at>
> writes:
>> 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
> cf.
> 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?

I am game.  How do you guys want to proceed?


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