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Re: Enviroment inquiry: inquiring about that too

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David Banks scripsit:

> Looks good.  I think it might be worth giving non-normative examples
> of output for the various procedures.  This shouldn't be construed as
> providing some kind of canonical list of OS types (for instance), but
> it's not a lot of use if Rhinoceros Scheme returns "Windows" as a
> result of (os-type) and Diplodocus Scheme returns "win32".   Even just
> specifying "windows", "linux", "macosx" as potentially valid results
> for OS-TYPE will improve the usefulness of the SRFI a lot.  i.e.
> there's still scope for implementors to break this convention, but if
> they don't need to then so much the better.

If you want to know if you are on Windows, you should either say

  (windows <code-for-windows>)
  (else <code-for-non-windows>))

or if you need to know at run time, (memq 'windows (features)).  These are
already part of R7RS-small.  Conditionalizing on the result of (os-type)
is therefore unnecessary, and it is free to return whatever result makes
sense to the implementor, whether "Windows" or "Win32" or "Microsoftâ

> Providing example output would also increase the usefulness of the
> SRFI as a reference for users, for instance I currently have no idea
> what a likely result of (c-memory-model) would look like (except that
> it can be #f).

See Appendix B of R7RS-small.  Semi-standard features
corresponding to this are ilp32, lp64, and ilp64.  See
<http://www.unix.org/version2/whatsnew/lp64_wp.html> for explanations,
though the terms apply to Windows too.

> http://cygwin.com/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/src/winsup/cygwin/uname.cc?rev=


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