Re: gensym not creating unique symbols

From: Lars Thomas Hansen <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 09:26:55 -0400

Well, not all implementations allow the symbols created by GENSYM to be
printed and read back in, but GENSYM still behaves correctly:

        Larceny v1.0a1 (precise:SunOS5:split) (lth 21-Dec-98 16:23:57)

> (define x (gensym "s"))
> x
> (eq? x 's1001)

This demonstrates the fact that in many implementations, GENSYM returns
symbols that are unique but do not have unique print names!

So you really need to compare the _symbol_ returned from GENSYM with a
standard symbol with the same print name. (If they compare eq?, I'd say
you have cause for complaint :-)

Received on Thu Jun 24 1999 - 15:27:58 CEST

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