[gambit-list] Newbie: define-macro question

Adam Langley alangley at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 07:16:14 EDT 2005

On 8/18/05, Kevin Smith <kevin at electricanvil.com> wrote:
> (define-macro (print-line msg)
>    (list `(display ,msg) `(newline)))
> When I try to use the macro from the repl I get the error message:
> (print-line "hi")
> hi
> ***ERROR in (console)@38.1 -- Operator is not a PROCEDURE

Consider the expansion of the macro:
(print-line "hi")  ->
((display "hi") (newline))

Therefore (display "hi") is evaluated (causing the side-effect of
printing "hi") and then we have:
(<result of display> (newline))

Now I believe that (newline) will be evaluated giving:
(<result of display> <result of void>)

and gambit complains that <result of display> isn't a function which
can be called. Which is fair enough since it's the value #!void (aka

If I were writing that macro I would do something like:
(define-macro (print-line msg)
`(begin (display ,msg) (newline))

Hope that helps.


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