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3.2.3.1 Processing of Top Level Forms

Processing of top level forms in the file compiler is defined as follows:

  • 1. If the form is a compiler macro form (not disabled by a notinline declaration), the implementation might or might not choose to compute the compiler macro expansion of the form and, having performed the expansion, might or might not choose to process the result as a top level form in the same processing mode (compile-time-too or not-compile-time). If it declines to obtain or use the expansion, it must process the original form.

  • 2. If the form is a macro form, its macro expansion is computed and processed as a top level form in the same processing mode (compile-time-too or not-compile-time).

  • 3. If the form is a progn form, each of its body forms is sequentially processed as a top level form in the same processing mode.

  • 4. If the form is a locally, macrolet, or symbol-macrolet, compile-file establishes the appropriate bindings and processes the body forms as top level forms with those bindings in effect in the same processing mode. (Note that this implies that the lexical environment in which top level forms are processed is not necessarily the null lexical environment.)

  • 5. If the form is an eval-when form, it is handled according to the next figure.

    CTLTEModeActionNew Mode
    YesYes------Processcompile-time-too
    NoYesYes CTTProcesscompile-time-too
    NoYesYes NCTProcessnot-compile-time
    NoYesNo---Processnot-compile-time
    YesNo------Evaluate---
    NoNoYes CTTEvaluate---
    NoNoYes NCTDiscard---
    NoNoNo---Discard---
    EVAL-WHEN processing

    Column CT indicates whether :compile-toplevel is specified. Column LT indicates whether :load-toplevel is specified. Column E indicates whether :execute is specified. Column Mode indicates the processing mode; a dash ( - ) indicates that the processing mode is not relevant.

    The Action column specifies one of three actions:

    The New Mode column indicates the new processing mode. A dash ( - ) indicates the compiler remains in its current mode.

  • 6. Otherwise, the form is a top level form that is not one of the special cases. In compile-time-too mode, the compiler first evaluates the form in the evaluation environment and then minimally compiles it. In not-compile-time mode, the form is simply minimally compiled. All subforms are treated as non-top-level forms.

    Note that top level forms are processed in the order in which they textually appear in the file and that each top level form read by the compiler is processed before the next is read. However, the order of processing (including macro expansion) of subforms that are not top level forms and the order of further compilation is unspecified as long as Common Lisp semantics are preserved.

eval-when forms cause compile-time evaluation only at top level. Both :compile-toplevel and :load-toplevel situation specifications are ignored for non-top-level forms. For non-top-level forms, an eval-when specifying the :execute situation is treated as an implicit progn including the forms in the body of the eval-when form; otherwise, the forms in the body are ignored.

3.2.3.1.1  Processing of Defining Macros
3.2.3.1.2  Constraints on Macros and Compiler Macros


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