Streams and Files
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.
KeywordsFile System Input Stream Directory Component Interchange Form Common Lisp
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