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| Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2005 22:18:40 -1000 (HST)
| From: Shiro Kawai <shiro@xxxxxxxx>
| The return value of program-vicinity is currently undefined when
| there's no file being loaded. Is there any reason for that?
Which directory should be the value of program-vicinity be when no
file is being loaded? If it is the directory containing the file
containing the call to program-vicinity, then every procedure which
contains a call to program-vicinity must carry a source-file
Which directory should it be when the call to program-vicinity was
introduced by a macro?
Which directory should it be when called by a procedure defined using
eval or pasted into an interactive top-level?
| Without a portable means of knowing if the file is being loaded or
But there is a portable way: redefine LOAD to fluid-let a variable
(say *load-pathname*) or program-vicinity to return the vicinity
during its dynamic extent. This was missing from reference
implementation; I will add it.
| there's no way to guarantee a piece of Scheme code that's using
| program-vicinity work (e.g. if the file is piped from stdin). If
| it returns #f, for example, then such a code can signal an error or
| use some fallback value.
| (Another possibility is to allow an optional argument for
| program-vicinity that is used as the fallback value. However, it
| might interfere with the implementation that might want to use
| srfi-39 parameter to implement program-vicinity).