[gambit-list] Compiling syntax-case.scm

Anton van Straaten anton at appsolutions.com
Wed Jan 25 14:43:13 EST 2006

Bradley Lucier wrote:
> On Jan 25, 2006, at 12:02 PM, Anton van Straaten wrote:
>> I can't compile syntax-case.scm on my machine, either, although I  
>> think that's mainly because I don't usually have enough free RAM,  and 
>> gcc eventually dies with an allocation error or other fault.
>> For some code I ported to Gambit, all I needed was syntax-rules,  and 
>> I had better luck with Al Petrofsky's portable syntax-rules  expander:
> ...
> I have a question---is the time that syntax-case takes to expand your  
> source code so long compared to the time required to compile or run  
> your application that you need to compile syntax-case.scm rather than  
> running it interpreted?

No, I wanted to compile it in order to simplify distribution and 
installation -- a single executable with no dependencies makes life easy.

In any case, the compilation requirements weren't the main reason I 
stopped using syntax-case.  I was in a hurry, and when I hit the 
define-macro issue I mentioned, I decided that the Alexpander, which I 
was already familiar with, would be the line of least resistance.


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