Quesstion about Alt-. navigation to function definitions

Zach Beane xach at xach.com
Wed Oct 30 22:13:13 UTC 2013

Christophe Rhodes <csr21 at cantab.net> writes:

> However, when you compile a file containing
>   (require :foo)
>   (describe 'foo::bar)
> you do not evaluate the `(require :foo)' form; you generate code such
> that, when you later load the file, (require :foo) will be executed.  So
> when the compiler attempts to read the next form, (describe 'foo::bar),
> the symbol 'foo::bar does not yet exist, because nothing has yet
> happened to cause the "FOO" package to be created.

Unless you are using CLISP, which has the "interesting" non-ANSI
behavior of special treatment of the REQUIRE function during


That's not coming into play here, just wanted to note it in case someone
encounters it in the future.


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