[asdf-devel] Suggested patches for ASDF

Robert Goldman rpgoldman at sift.info
Fri Sep 9 19:37:56 UTC 2011

On 9/7/11 Sep 7 -11:33 AM, Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 4:51 PM, Robert Goldman <rpgoldman at sift.info
> <mailto:rpgoldman at sift.info>> wrote:
>     I'd be happy to merge and push this if someone will test this out.
>     Alternatively, if no member of asdf-devel but Juanjo will admit to using
>     ECL, then I figure we should delegate responsibility to him for vetting
>     patches to asdf-ecl.
> I try to ensure that the extensions do not interfere with the core and
> could take care of further testing if you give me a hint how to do so.

I am afraid that Faré overestimated the time I had available for ASDF!
Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you.

I was looking over Faré's version of the patch.  AFAICT, most of the
patch would only affect your private codebase (asdf-ecl.lisp).  The
exceptions are:

compile-op that are conditionalized on
(member :ecl-bytecmp *features*)

I think it is safe (shouldn't interfere with any other implementations
use of ASDF), but this use of *FEATURES* at *run-time* instead of the
conventional use at compile-time makes me feel a little uncomfortable.
It feels to me like an abuse of a facility.

I presume that this is necessary (instead of #+ecl-bytecmp) because you
could have the SAME compiled version of asdf.lisp used in byte compiling
and standard compiling contexts?  Is there some reason you use a feature
for this purpose instead of a dynamically bound variable (e.g.,
*ecl-bytecomp-p*) or a special ECL-BYTE-COMPILE-OP?

2.  Export of *require-asdf-operator*.  This seems entirely reasonable
to me --- it's intended as a hook, so it seems like external access is
The Right Thing.

LMK a bit more about #1, and then we should be able to get this merged
and pushed.

I don't know of any special testing requirements.  It would be good to
get as many tests run on as many implementations as possible (both our
internal tests and the informal tests that come from, e.g., Xach using
the latest ASDF).  I will run a bunch of tests on linux and Mac for
several implementations.

Might be nice to set up some sort of web-checklist so that we can know
when the tests are run, and on what lisps.


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