[slime-devel] SBCL's with-timeout failed with slime-input-stream

Helmut Eller heller at common-lisp.net
Wed Dec 1 15:30:56 UTC 2010

* Jianshi Huang [2010-12-01 09:42] writes:

> Hi,
> I'm using SLIME (2010-11-07) with SBCL( on Linux x8664.
> The following code should signal an sb-ext:timeout condition but
> with-timeout isn't functioning on slime-input-stream
> with-timeout works with SBCL started from terminal.
>     (sb-ext:with-timeout 1 (read *standard-input*))

SLIME also uses with-timeout internally.  Essentially we have a
situation like

(sb-ext:with-timeout 1 
     (sb-ext:with-timeout 0.2
           (sleep 10000)
         (sb-ext:timeout ()
           (print 'timeout)

The handler doesn't know that the condition was raised by some outer

That's probably just one of many problems of the with-timeout construct
and we would like to get rid of it and replace it with a timeout
argument to sb-thread:condition-wait.  That's not a new issue and adding
the timeout argument doesn't sound like rocket science but it doesn't
seem to be a priority for the SBCL maintainers.  Maybe somebody could
hire Nikodemus to finally implement it.


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