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Re: r7rs libraries (or, Fwd: fmt for Guile)

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: r7rs libraries (or, Fwd: fmt for Guile)
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:03:22 +0100
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Christopher Allan Webber <address@hidden> skribis:

> I asked Alex about getting Guile added to the set of
> out-of-the-box-supported Scheme implementations for fmt; they replied
> that they moved from fmt to a cleaned-up version called Show, but this
> and all their libraries were going to R7RS only.  (We already have
> irregex packaged for Guile in Guix; I imagine this means would affect
> that library going forward as well.)
> I'm not really sure what this means for us, since I think we don't
> really have full R7RS support.  I wonder what this means for us moving
> into the future, as more libraries move to support R7RS(-small, maybe
> -large)?  Will we include a conversion layer, or maybe another language
> layer on the VM?  Will we move to more support of R7RS-small out of the
> box?  Will we not make this a priority altogether?  Will it depend on
> people stepping forward, or is there a strong maintainer position either
> way?

I think it would be interesting to see what’s missing to use a specific
library like Show.  I suspect it’s “not much”, but probably that means
we’ll have to provide additional compatibility shims.


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