[Cl-perec-devel] Schema evolution: handling of initforms

Leslie P. Polzer leslie.polzer at gmx.net
Wed Aug 27 08:55:20 UTC 2008

> On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 9:10 PM, Leslie P. Polzer <leslie.polzer at gmx.net> wrote:
>> I just noticed that existing instances don't get updated
>> with a specified initform when a slot addition takes place.
>> Deliberate or a bug?
> It is a missing feature and unfortunately it can even make impossible
> to load an instance from the database after the slot addition. For
> example, if you define a new slot with integer-16 and do not allow
> nils, then the database will be incorrect, because the alter table
> will add the column with NULL default value which is certainly not an
> integer.

Sounds bad to me because it breaks a basic assumption about the
MOP and, as you said, the integrity of the database.

I'll look into this.


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