[asdf-devel] How should ASDF return cached system definition information

Faré fahree at gmail.com
Fri Feb 21 21:12:00 UTC 2014

On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Robert P. Goldman <rpgoldman at sift.info> wrote:
> The latest version of ASDF contains three functions:
> that return information about defined systems.  The intention is to
> support introspection about sets of systems (I believe Quicklisp does
> this today).
> Currently, ASDF does *not* put the return values into canonical form.
> So, equivalent forms like
> :depends-on (foo)
> and
> :depends-on ("foo")
> will yield different return values.
> Similarly, :version specifications will not be resolved.
> This seems wrong to me.  I feel that the return values should be
> canonicalized.  So all system names should be resolved down to
> lower-cased strings.
> Does that sound like the right approach?  It would support performing
> inference on the systems relatively straightforwardly. I can't imagine
> why people would want the exact, literal slot initforms, but I could be
> wrong.
I fear returning the raw data might be the right thing,
because resolving can have side-effects that the caller may want to control,
and/or resolve to NIL, etc.
What is important, however, is to specify in the documentation
how the entries are to be resolved, namely with
	(resolve-dependency-spec component dep-spec)

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