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Re: Ideas for making Guile easier to approach

From: Leo Butler
Subject: Re: Ideas for making Guile easier to approach
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2022 08:34:20 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.1 (gnu/linux)

Mikael Djurfeldt <> writes:

> Den ons 9 feb. 2022 21:12Christine Lemmer-Webber <>
> skrev:
>> ice-9 -> guile
>> --------------
>> I think that ice-9 is a weird namespace for "guile's standard library"
>> but it's what we have for historical reasons.

My 2c: The guile reference manual is worth reading. Early on, I found this:

(info "(guile)Status")


...eventually resulting in the Emacsification of the entire GNU
system. Indeed, this is the reason for the naming of the many Guile
modules that live in the ‘ice-9’ namespace, a nod to the fictional
substance in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Cat’s Cradle, capable of acting as a
seed crystal to crystallize the mass of software.


It would be a pity to deprecate and/or remove that little bit of culture
for the sake of...OTOH, creating a workable system that allowed one to
dynamically alias modules would definitely be useful.


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