Commit 0d60754a authored by Daniel Barlow's avatar Daniel Barlow
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Rewrote the section on dependencies. Dependencies are now between

(operation component) pairs, not just components.
parent 9b286671
asdf: another system definition facility -*- Text -*-
$Id: README,v 1.4 2001/08/03 01:13:30 dan_b Exp $
$Id: README,v 1.5 2001/08/06 01:10:05 dan_b Exp $
This system definition utility talks in terms of 'components' and
......@@ -93,17 +93,51 @@ happen one way or another.
This is a string. It must satisfy the restrictions imposed on a
portable pathname character.
[ This restriction is probably going away ]
*** a version identifier (optional, will default to parent's version)
This is used by the check-component-version operation (see later).
This is used by the test-system-version operation (see later).
*** dependencies on its siblings (optional but often necessary)
This slot contains a list whose elements are each names of siblings,
or lists of (name version) for siblings
There is an excitingly complicated relationship between the initarg
and the method that you use to ask about dependencies
Dependencies are between (operation component) pairs. In your
initargs, you can say
:in-order-to ((compile-system (load-system "a" "b") (compile-system "c"))
(load-system (load-system "foo")))
- before performing the compile-system operation on this component, we
must perform the load-system operation on each of "a" and "b", and
before performing load-system, we have to load "foo"
This is pretty similar to what ACL defsystem does. mk-defsystem is
less general: it has an implied dependency
for all x, (load x) depends on (compile x)
and using a :depends-on argument to say that b depends on a _actually_
means that
(compile b) depends on (load a)
In asdf, the dependency information for a given component and
operation can be queried using (depends-on operation component), which
returns a list
((load-system "a") (load-system "b") (compile-system "c") ...)
[ this will change. Dependencies are between (component operation)
pairs, not between components themselves ]
depends-on can be subclassed for more specific component/operation
types: these need to (call-next-method) and append the answer to their
dependency, unless they have a good reason for completely overriding
the default dependencies
(If it weren't for CLISP, we'd be using a LIST method combination to
do this transparently. But, we need to support CLISP. If you have
the time for some CLISP hacking, I'm sure they'd welcome your fixes)
*** a filesystem location
......@@ -303,7 +337,6 @@ the package that they evaluate defsystem forms in
<Krystof> You don't want to have (defsystem partition ...) being read in the
+cl-user package
<rahul> hrm
<Krystof> Because that will intern a cl-user:partition symbol
<rahul> yeah, accidental interning could be a problem
<Krystof> Which will then collide with the partition:partition symbol
......@@ -318,28 +351,8 @@ with symbols and depend on :case :common to map them into customary case.
*** shortcut to setting up dependencies using :serial, :parallel
*** split into native syntax and mixin for mk- syntax extras
** Argh dependencies.
Our dependencies are conceptually wrong. Dependencies exist between
the application of operations to components, not the components
themselves. For example, there is an implied dependency in
for all x, (load x) depends on (compile x)
and specifying that b depends on a _actually_ means that
(compile b) depends on (load a)
We currently intend to do something rather like ACL's defsystem :
:in-order-to (compile-system (load-system "a" "b")
load-system (load-system "foo"))
We can combine this with a gf that has methods specialised on
component and operation to augment the dependency list with "standard"
dependencies: e.g. in-order-to (load-system x), first (compile-system x)
*** reintroduce :depends-on or some other succint form of dependency
** the :pathname argument is misnamed
......@@ -352,6 +365,9 @@ like a pathname, we shouldn't fool the user into thinking it is one
** all of the above
** reuse the same scratch package whenever a system is reloaded from disk
** defsystem syntax for EQL methods
** dependency circularities: test it works
** versions
** traverse
this operation instantiation thing sucks somewhat, as we don't
transfer arguments in any meaningful way. if compile calls load calls
compile, how do we access the original proclamations?
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