[slime-devel] broken clojure REPL

Tobias C. Rittweiler tcr at freebits.de
Fri Nov 20 14:21:26 UTC 2009

"Stefan Kamphausen" <skampi at gmx.net> writes:

> Hi,
>> You didn't answer the important question:
> that's because I'm not sure.
> > > > Clojure seems to conflate how symbols are named, and how they're
> > > > read in. Is there no way to escape symbol names?
> I'm not sure what exactly you mean in the first place.  Are you
> referring to CL's "|" around names?  Please give me an explanation.

Is there an INTERN function? Does it accept arbitrary strings?

> >  I can change %cursor-marker% to have a symbol name that's nicer for
> > clojure to cope with. But it would be an interim solution, only. I
> > really want to see this fixed in Clojure.
> > 
> > At the moment, the Clojure backend does not correctly implement
> > parsing the protocol.
> Currently to me it looks like we can't get past the reader and then
> it's hard to implement some parsing.
> But again, I think I misunderstand what you are patiently trying to
> explain to me.
> FWIW, here's a very short doc taken from http://clojure.org/reader
> "Symbols begin with a non-numeric character and can contain
> alphanumeric characters and *, +, !, -, _, and ? (other characters
> will be allowed eventually, but not all macro characters have been
> determined).  [...]  A symbol can contain one or more non-repeating
> :'s"

The clojure backend should parse the input itself, and pass the symbol
name over to INTERN.


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