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Meaning of GENSYM

 
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/jen'sim/ (From the maclisp for "generated symbol") To invent a new name for something temporary, in such a way that the name is almost certainly not in conflict with one already in use.

The canonical form of a gensym is "Gnnnn" where nnnn represents a number; any lisp hacker would recognise G0093 (for example) as a gensym. Gensymmed names are useful for storing or uniquely identifying crufties (see cruft).

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