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	Changes in generic function's method combination don't take
	effect until a method is added or removed from the gf.
	Reported by Andreas Fuchs on a SBCL mailing list.

	* src/pcl/methods.lisp (reinitialize-instance)
	<standard-generic-function>: Make it an around method, call
	flush-effective-method-cache if the method combination changes.

	* src/pcl/dfun.lisp (flush-effective-method-cache): New function.
	(*effective-method-cache*): Renamed from *effective-method-table*.
1 ========================== C M U C L 19 a =============================
5 The CMUCL project is pleased to announce the release of CMUCL 19a.
6 This is a major release which contains numerous enhancements and
7 bugfixes from the 18e release.
9 CMUCL is a free, high performance implementation of the Common Lisp
10 programming language which runs on most major Unix platforms. It
11 mainly conforms to the ANSI Common Lisp standard. CMUCL provides a
12 sophisticated native code compiler; a powerful foreign function
13 interface; an implementation of CLOS, the Common Lisp Object System,
14 which includes multimethods and a metaobject protocol; a source-level
15 debugger and code profiler; and an Emacs-like editor implemented in
16 Common Lisp. CMUCL is maintained by a team of volunteers collaborating
17 over the Internet, and is mostly in the public domain.
19 New in this release:
21 * Feature enhancements:
22 - Stack overflow checking added for FreeBSD/x86, Linux/x86 and
23 Solaris. Code that makes the control stack overflow (for
24 example due to unbounded recursion) will lead to a
25 STORAGE-ERROR being signaled, instead of making CMUCL crash.
26 - LISP:FIND-CLASS and LISP:CLASS-OF now return CLOS classes. The
28 LISP:STRUCTURE-CLASS name CLOS classes. It is no longer
29 necessary to SHADOWING-IMPORT these from PCL when doing MOP
30 programming, and it fixes some non-compliances as well.
31 - Package locks: a package whose EXT:PACKAGE-LOCK is enabled
32 non-NIL is protected against changes in its structure (list of
33 exported symbols, use-list etc). Symbols in a package whose
34 EXT:PACKAGE-DEFINITION-LOCK is enabled are protected against
35 redefinition.
36 - Weak hash tables have been added for x86 systems.
37 - Local functions are now named (FLET <name> ...) or
38 (LABELS <name> ...).
39 - Compiler checking control string and number of args to FORMAT,
40 ERROR and WARN.
41 - TRACE automatically using encapsulation when function-end
42 breakpoints cannot be used.
43 - INSPECT working on CLOS instances.
44 - Callbacks from foreign code to Lisp. Implemented for x86 and
45 sparc.
46 - Functions like GETHASH that are used in the implementation of
47 TRACE can now be traced. See also
49 - New facility for encapsulating functions, FWRAPPERS;
50 see also the CMUCL User Manual.
51 - TRACE and PROFILE have been reimplemented using fwrappers,
52 with the effect of tracing and profiling now working more
53 nicely together.
54 - When a profiled function is redefined, it is re-profiled.
55 - A basic implementation of simple-streams added. Some
56 functionality may be missing.
57 - UNIX:UNIX-LSEEK working with files > 2G on BSDs.
58 - Type declarations on local bindings of special variables no
59 longer being ignored.
60 - DISASSEMBLE disassembling closure/funcallable instance
61 functions.
62 - (SETF EXT:WEAK-POINTER-VALUE) has been added.
63 - CMUCL no longer entering an infinite loop when dumping
64 circular constant lists to fasl files.
65 - COMPILE-FILE-PATHNAME's BYTE-COMPILE keyword arg defaulting
67 - Added VOPs for CHAR=, CHAR<, and CHAR> when the second arg is a
68 constant character.
69 - Added missing VOPs for Sparc for array refs with a constant
70 index.
71 - Lisp binary will also look at the PATH envvar to find out it's
72 own location which is used to find other needed files.
74 * Numerous ANSI compliance fixes:
75 - Many bugs in CMUCL's type system detected by Paul Dietz'
76 ANSI test suite have been fixed.
77 - Non-keyword keyword names in lambda lists are now accepted.
78 - Condition slot initialization fixed for the case that two
79 or more slots have the same :INITARG.
80 - Initforms are now evaluated once only during condition slot
81 initialization.
82 - USE-VALUE, STORE-VALUE, CONTINUE behavior corrected in presence
83 of multiple restarts having the same name.
84 - RESTART-CASE's interaction with local macros fixed.
85 - Interaction of COMPUTE-RESTARTS and RESTART-CASE fixed in
86 presence of multiple restarts having the same name.
87 - Condition slot readers/writers are generic functions.
88 - &WHOLE, &REST, &BODY in macro lambda lists can be followed
89 by destructuring patterns. The previous behavior of &BODY
90 when followed by (<body> <declarations> <doc>) is available
91 through the new lambda-list keyword EXT:&PARSE-BODY.
92 - ELT now signals an error in safe code when used on lists
93 with an out-of-bounds index.
94 - Accessing arrays in compiled code with out-of-bounds indices
95 now signals a TYPE-ERROR.
96 - DECLARE no longer being a special operator.
97 - DEFINE-CONDITION accepts slot option :DOCUMENTATION.
98 - Behavior of (... &KEY &ALLOW-OTHER-KEYS) fixed for
100 - Stricter checking of keyword argument list in CLOS methods.
101 - &ENVIRONMENT variable bound bound before other vars, regardless
102 of where it appears in a lambda-list.
103 - VALUES types no longer accepting &KEY or &ALLOW-OTHER-KEYS.
104 - THE conforming to ANSI.
105 - SLOT-EXISTS-P can be used with conditions.
106 - REMOVE-METHOD always returning the generic function passed to it.
107 - Standard methods for STANDARD-OBJECT and STRUCTURE-OBJECT
108 defined on MAKE-LOAD-FORM.
110 - DEFSTRUCT recording slot-names as specified by users.
111 - Generic function call keyword argument checking according to
112 ANSI 7.6.5.
113 - CALL-NEXT-METHOD without arguments being called with original
114 arguments when method parameters are changed with SETQ.
115 - When CALL-NEXT-METHOD is called with arguments, an error is
116 signaled in safe code when the set of methods applicable to
117 CALL-NEXT-METHOD's arguments is different from the set of
118 methods applicable to the original method arguments.
119 - FIND-METHOD signaling an error when called with specializers
120 not corresponding to the number of required arguments of the
121 supplied generic function.
122 - TYPE-OF returning KEYWORD for keywords, STANDARD-CHAR for
123 standard characters, BOOLEAN for T, (INTEGER <N> <N>) for
124 integers N, non-list types for functions, and CLOS classes for
125 instances whose class doesn't have a proper name.
126 - Class precedence list of NULL not having SYMBOL before LIST,
127 precedence list of STANDARD-METHOD not having METHOD before
129 - ADD-METHOD returning its first argument, the generic function.
130 - DEFCLASS redefining a class with the given name only if the
131 name is the proper name of an existing class.
132 - KEYWORD package no longer having nickname "".
133 - COMMON-LISP-USER package no longer having nickname USER.
134 - COMMON-LISP package no longer having nickname LISP; LISP
135 and COMMON-LISP are now separate packages.
137 returning values specified by the standard when SLOT-UNBOUND
138 or SLOT-MISSING are called and return.
139 - NTH and NTHCDR accepting bignums as first argument.
140 - First arg of CERROR may be a function.
141 - Lambda-lists of the form (X . Y) in DESTRUCTURING-BIND and macros
142 are now equivalent to (X &REST Y).
143 - LAST, BUTLAST, NBUTLAST accepting bignum counts.
145 - FIXNUM no longer naming a function.
148 * Numerous bugfixes:
149 - NSET-EXCLUSIVE-OR returns the same results as SET-EXCLUSIVE-OR
150 wrt to duplicate elements.
151 - Forms like (MULTIPLE-VALUE-BIND 'LIST) no longer trapping
152 an internal compiler error when compiled.
154 - Compiler eliminating some type checks in safe code.
155 - Byte-compiler and -interpreter not handling C:&MORE.
156 - Some TYPE-ERRORs being signaled with unbound slots, which
157 made them undisplayable.
158 - Structure predicates no longer signaling an error when applied
159 to obsolete instances.
160 - A DEFTRANSFORM for array bounds checking had an off-by-1 error.
161 - Compiler was not properly deriving the type of FTRUNCATE in all
162 cases.
163 - Fixed error wherein certain uses of 2 arg ATAN caused a
164 compiler error on x86.
166 * Other changes:
167 - CREATE-REQUEST-SERVER has an additional :reuse-address keyword
168 argument.
169 - Removed obsolete alias from MAKE-VECTOR to MAKE-ARRAY
170 - the signature of *COMPILER-NOTIFICATION-FUNCTION* has changed;
171 it now has an extra argument that describes the nature of the
172 error or warning.
173 - File versioning occurs when the version component is :NEWEST,
174 and Emacs style file versions are created: foo.bar.~N~, where
175 the larger N is newer. foo.bar is the newest version.
176 - Converting namestrings to pathnames now get a version component
177 of NIL instead of :NEWEST.
178 - *DEFAULT-PATHNAME-DEFAULTS* has a version component of
179 :UNSPECIFIC instead of :NEWEST so versioning is disabled by
180 default to preserve current behavior. Set the version to
181 :NEWEST to create versions.
182 - LDB backtrace on x86.
183 - DYNAMIC-EXTENT support on x86 and sparc. Stack-allocation can
184 be controlled by the setting of
186 Manual. Be warned that all bets are off if a stack-allocated
187 object or parts of it escape; CMUCL might crash or format your
188 hard disk.
189 - Generational GC (gencgc) available for Sparc/Solaris on an
190 experimental basis. Despite the name and feature, it is not
191 conservative.
193 * Numerous improvements to the PCL implementation of CLOS:
194 - Gerd's PCL has been added, which fixes numerous bugs and ANSI/
195 AMOP non-compliances, and adds various new optimizations (also
196 see the CMU User Manual).
197 - PCL's class hierarchy has been changed to conform to AMOP, for
198 instance, GENERIC-FUNCTION is now a subclass of
200 - ENSURE-CLASS-USING-CLASS's argument list has been changed
201 to conform to AMOP.
202 - COMPUTE-EFFECTIVE-SLOT-DEFINITION now takes a slot name as
203 argument, for AMOP compliance.
204 - SUBTYPEP works in presence of forward-referenced classes.
205 - Accessing slots of specialized parameters in (SETF
206 SLOT-VALUE-USING-CLASS) methods works.
208 AMOP compliant.
209 - ALLOCATE-INSTANCE working with structures defined with DEFSTRUCT.
211 (FOO 1) now signals an error.
212 - Methods with &OPTIONAL arguments detecting too many args.
213 - DEFMETHOD and DEFGENERIC detecting doubled lambda variables.
215 - SLOT-VALUE, (SETF SLOT-VALUE), SLOT-BOUNDP working with conditions.
216 - (SETF SLOT-VALUE) working on read-only structure slots like
217 in other implementations.
218 - The declaration identifiers SLOTS, AUTO-COMPILE,
219 NOT-AUTO-COMPILE have been moved from PCL to EXT.
220 - Support for inlineing methods in effective methods; see the
221 CMU User Manual.
222 - Wrong results could be returned from generic functions when
223 all methods returned constant values, and some methods were
224 qualified, or the generic function didn't use the standard
225 method combination.
226 - For standard method combination and method combinations defined
227 with the short form of DEFINE-METHOD-COMBINATION: If there are
228 no applicable primary methods when a generic function is
229 called, the generic function PCL:NO-PRIMARY-METHOD is called.
230 The default method of this generic function signals a
231 continuable error of type PCL:NO-PRIMARY-METHOD-ERROR.
232 - Effective methods are no longer precomputed at method load
233 time, if the generic function has more than
234 PCL:*MAX-EMF-PRECOMPUTATION-METHODS* methods (default 100).
235 - The loading of methods with invalid qualifiers no longer
236 signals an error, for standard's conformance. Instead, a
237 warning is printed at method load time. An error is
238 signaled if the generic function is called with arguments such
239 that the method is used.
240 - Redefining a generic function with a different method
241 combination now recomputes effective methods.
243 * Improvements to Hemlock, the Emacs-like editor:
245 * Changes to rebuilding procedure:
247 * Deprecated features:
248 - EXT:ENCAPSULATE and associated functions; use fwrappers instead.
250 This release is not binary compatible with code compiled using CMUCL
251 18e; you will need to recompile FASL files.
253 See <URL:http://www.cons.org/cmucl/> for download information,
254 guidelines on reporting bugs, and mailing list details.
257 We hope you enjoy using this release of CMUCL!

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