[slime-devel] Re: three little patches

Gary King gwking at metabang.com
Fri Mar 17 02:30:02 UTC 2006


On Mar 16, 2006, at 12:18 PM, Marco Baringer wrote:

>> 1. Make find-definitions a little more flexible with an around
>> method: if the symbol isn't in the current package, the around method
>> goes on to look in all the packages too. (I haven't added similar
>> logic to symbol completion but will someday).
> won't this make (find-definitions foo:test) returns definitions for
> bar:test as well? do we really want this?

I may not have have been clear enough. Let me see if I do better with  
an example. Suppose i have two packages foo and bar and a function  
named test in each of them.  Here are some scenarios:

* I am in package foo and search for test: the regular find- 
definitions finds the definition and I jump to foo::test directly.
* I am in package bar and search for test. Again, I jump directly to  
* I am in package xxx and search for test. This time, find- 
definitions finds nothing so it goes to the around method and finds  
two definitions and gives me the choices of foo::test and bar::test.
* I am in package xxx and search for foo::test. Find-definitions  
finds the single definition, the around method is not used and i jump  
to foo::test.
* I am in package bar and search for foo::test. results are as in  
package xxx.
* I am in package xxx and search for foo:test (single #\:). Neither  
the regular find-definitions nor the around method finds anything and  
i get the "no known definitions" message.

since the around method only fires if the regular finds nothing, it  
only changes behavior when the current symbol doesn't have a package  
prefix and isn't in the current package...

Gary Warren King

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