Common Lisp Extensions. Node: Organization

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2.2: Organization

The Common Lisp package is organized into four files:


This is the ``main'' file, which contains basic functions and information about the package. This file is relatively compact---about 700 lines.


This file contains the larger, more complex or unusual functions. It is kept separate so that packages which only want to use Common Lisp fundamentals like the cadr function won't need to pay the overhead of loading the more advanced functions.


This file contains most of the advanced functions for operating on sequences or lists, such as delete-if and assoc*.


This file contains the features of the packages which are macros instead of functions. Macros expand when the caller is compiled, not when it is run, so the macros generally only need to be present when the byte-compiler is running (or when the macros are used in uncompiled code such as a `.emacs' file). Most of the macros of this package are isolated in `cl-macs.el' so that they won't take up memory unless you are compiling.

The file `cl.el' includes all necessary autoload commands for the functions and macros in the other three files. All you have to do is (require 'cl), and `cl.el' will take care of pulling in the other files when they are needed.

There is another file, `cl-compat.el', which defines some routines from the older `cl.el' package that are no longer present in the new package. This includes internal routines like setelt and zip-lists, deprecated features like defkeyword, and an emulation of the old-style multiple-values feature. See Old CL Compatibility.

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