Mark H. David mhd at yv.org
Thu Feb 21 05:19:58 UTC 2019

Sounds good to me, but I'm possibly also an old-school code bummer.

----- Original message -----
From: "Faré" <fahree at gmail.com>
To: ASDF-devel <asdf-devel at common-lisp.net>, Eitarow Fukamachi <e.arrows at gmail.com>, Didier Verna <didier at didierverna.net>
Subject: long-description
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:16 PM

I've seen the pattern of using
     (uiop:subpathname *load-pathname* "README.md"))
spread among CL libraries.

I see it only as a waste of kilobytes of data (quadrupled on 32-bit
unicode lisps such as SBCL).

I'm told it's because Quickdocs likes it this way.

Since there is not (yet?) any type enforcement on the value of that
field, can we instead agree for an alternate format, wherein the field
would instead contain the pathname of the long-description file,
relative to the (asdf:system-source-directory) ? Thus you'd use:
 :long-description #p"README.md"
And Quickdocs and other documentation tools would do the right thing from there.

Maybe I'm just an old-school code bummer but I'm always saddened by a
waste of bytes.

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