Streams and Files

  • Hank Bromley
  • Richard Lamson


In this chapter I will talk about program input/output. As with everything else on the Lisp Machine, I/O has been made as generic as possible. This means that:
  • I/O is as device-independent as possible; the programmer need not know in advance what kind of device is actually the source of its input or the destination of its output; and

  • File I/O is as system-independent as possible; if the user wants to use files on a Lisp Machine, or a VAX running VMS, or a machine running Unix, the programmer doesn’t need to know in advance which system will actually be used.


File System Input Stream Directory Component Interchange Form Common Lisp 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hank Bromley
    • 1
  • Richard Lamson
    • 2
  1. 1.AT&T Bell LaboratoriesUSA
  2. 2.Symbolics, Inc.USA

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