Re: Bug?

From: Lars Thomas Hansen <>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 96 11:15:06 -0400

>Using snow 3.1 on my Linux box the following function produces
>different results each time I run it on (split1 (string->list
>(define (split1 lst)
> (cond ((null? lst) '(()))
> ((eq? (car lst) #\/) (cons () (split1 (cdr lst))))
> (else
> (let ((sf (split1 (cdr lst))))
> (set-car! sf (cons (car lst) (car sf)))
> sf))))
>If I replace "'(())" with "(list (list))" it works correctly.

I bet that if constants were read-only in STk it would deride you for
changing a constant: your set-car! changes the '(()) constant. To see
this, consider the following modification:

(define nullnull (list (list)))

(define (split1 lst)
  (cond ((null? lst) nullnull)
        ((eq? (car lst) #\/) (cons '() (split1 (cdr lst))))
         (let ((sf (split1 (cdr lst))))
           (set-car! sf (cons (car lst) (car sf)))


> (split1 (string->list "ab/cd"))
((#\a #\b) (#\c #\d))
> nullnull
((#\c #\d))
> (split1 (string->list "ab/cd"))
((#\a #\b) (#\c #\d #\c #\d))
> nullnull
((#\c #\d #\c #\d))

Received on Thu Oct 17 1996 - 17:16:29 CEST

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