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6.1.1.2 Loop Keywords

Loop keywords are not true keywords1; they are special symbols, recognized by name rather than object identity, that are meaningful only to the loop facility. A loop keyword is a symbol but is recognized by its name (not its identity), regardless of the packages in which it is accessible.

In general, loop keywords are not external symbols of the common-lisp package, except in the coincidental situation that a symbol with the same name as a loop keyword was needed for some other purpose in Common Lisp. For example, there is a symbol in the common-lisp package whose name is "UNLESS" but not one whose name is "UNTIL".

If no loop keywords are supplied in a loop form, the Loop Facility executes the loop body repeatedly; see Section 6.1.1.1.1 Simple Loop.


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