Quesstion about Alt-. navigation to function definitions

Jeffrey Cunningham jeffrey at jkcunningham.com
Wed Oct 30 21:01:41 UTC 2013

On 10/30/2013 01:53 PM, Christophe Rhodes wrote:
> Jeffrey Cunningham <jeffrey at jkcunningham.com> writes:
>> According to the ASDF documentation:
>> http://common-lisp.net/project/asdf/asdf.html#Using-ASDF
>> The system foo is loaded (and compiled, if necessary) by evaluating
>> the following Lisp form:
>>       (asdf:load-system :foo)
>> On some implementations (namely recent versions of ABCL, Allegro CL,
>> Clozure CL, CMUCL, ECL, GNU CLISP, LispWorks, MKCL, *SBCL* and XCL),
>> ASDF hooks into the |CL:REQUIRE| facility and you can just use:
>>       (require :foo)
>> Is this not correct?
> It is correct.  Evaluating (asdf:load-system :foo) or (require :foo)
> will (compile and) load the :foo system.
> 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.

I get the same behavior if I compile each line within the file 
individually with C-c . That should be evaluating the form, right?

CL-USER> ; *compiling (ASDF/OPERATE:LOAD-SYSTEM "cl-ppcre")*

REGEX-APROPOS names a compiled function:
                  (VALUES &OPTIONAL))
     Similar to the standard function APROPOS but returns a list of all
     symbols which match the regular expression REGEX.  If CASE-INSENSITIVE
     is true and REGEX isn't already a scanner, a case-insensitive scanner
     is used.
   Source file: /home/jcunningham/slime/test1.lisp

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