Saturday, 10 November 2007

You are inferior!

What is an ``inferior-lisp''?

For the longest time, I'd wondered why Emacs always called an ``inferior-lisp'' process. Apparently, the term refers to a child Lisp process. Through IRC and Google, I became aware that this term was normally used in the TOPS-10 operating system. Since Emacs was first written on the PDP-6 and PDP-10 machines, that is a good an explanation as any.

All this time, I thought the Emacs authors considered Emacs Lisp to be better than all other Lisps!

I for one, would like a return to this terminology. Kill the inferior processes!

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