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9.2.40 with-simple-restart Macro

with-simple-restart (name format-control {format-argument}*) {form}*

Arguments and Values:
name - a symbol.

format-control - a format control.

format-argument - an object (i.e., a format argument).

forms - an implicit progn.

results - in the normal situation, the values returned by the forms; in the exceptional situation where the restart named name is invoked, two values - nil and t.

with-simple-restart establishes a restart.

If the restart designated by name is not invoked while executing forms, all values returned by the last of forms are returned. If the restart designated by name is invoked, control is transferred to with-simple-restart, which returns two values, nil and t.

If name is nil, an anonymous restart is established.

The format-control and format-arguments are used report the restart.

 (defun read-eval-print-loop (level)
   (with-simple-restart (abort "Exit command level ~D." level)
       (with-simple-restart (abort "Return to command level ~D." level)
         (let ((form (prog2 (fresh-line) (read) (fresh-line))))
           (prin1 (eval form)))))))
 (read-eval-print-loop 1)
 (+ 'a 3)
 Error: The argument, A, to the function + was of the wrong type.
       The function expected a number.
 To continue, type :CONTINUE followed by an option number:
 1: Specify a value to use this time.
 2: Return to command level 1.
 3: Exit command level 1.
 4: Return to Lisp Toplevel.

 (defun compute-fixnum-power-of-2 (x)
   (with-simple-restart (nil "Give up on computing 2^~D." x)
     (let ((result 1))
       (dotimes (i x result)
         (setq result (* 2 result))
         (unless (fixnump result)
           (error "Power of 2 is too large."))))))
 (defun compute-power-of-2 (x)
   (or (compute-fixnum-power-of-2 x) 'something big))
 (compute-power-of-2 10)
 (compute-power-of-2 10000)
 Error: Power of 2 is too large.
 To continue, type :CONTINUE followed by an option number.
 1: Give up on computing 2^10000.
 2: Return to Lisp Toplevel
 Debug> :continue 1

See Also:

with-simple-restart is shorthand for one of the most common uses of restart-case.

with-simple-restart could be defined by:

 (defmacro with-simple-restart ((restart-name format-control
                                              &rest format-arguments)
                                &body forms)
   `(restart-case (progn ,@forms)
      (,restart-name ()
          :report (lambda (stream)
                    (format stream ,format-control ,@format-arguments))
         (values nil t))))

Because the second return value is t in the exceptional case, it is common (but not required) to arrange for the second return value in the normal case to be missing or nil so that the two situations can be distinguished.

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