datum comments for common lisp

https://travis-ci.org/tgbugs/datum-comments Racket style #; comments implemented as a dispatch macro.

#; ; regular comments are treated as whitespace
(and the next datum is skipped by the reader)
#; (so you can skip a datum inline) (print "and not just a line or block")



(ql:quickload :datum-comments)
#;(skip) '(show)  ; datum comments work immediately after quickload

Manual install

Using sbcl as an example.

git clone https://github.com/tgbugs/datum-comments.git
cat "(push (truename #p\"datum-comments\") asdf:*central-registry*)" >> ~/.sbclrc
sbcl --eval "(asdf:load-system :datum-comments) #;(i im a comment) (print 'hello)"


Since comments are a fundamental part of a language datum-comments automatically registers itself as a dispatch macro for the #; symbol. Install via one of the methods above and then include :datum-comments in the :use section of defpackage where you want to be able to use datum comments, e.g. as

(defpackage :my-package
  (:use :cl :datum-comments))

at which point you can #;(use datum comments to your heart's content)

Implementation support

This should work on any cl that has asdf, and the copy/paste version below should work on pretty much anything. See travis for the list of tested working implementations.


(defpackage :datum-comments
  (:use :cl))
(in-package :datum-comments)
(defun datum-comment (stream char arg)
  (declare (ignore char arg))
  (read-preserving-whitespace stream t nil t)
(set-dispatch-macro-character #\# #\; #'datum-comment)

Syntax highlighting and editing

If you are using emacs you can add the following hook to ~/.emacs. The approach is lifted straight from racket-mode. Highlighting as #; with font lock isn't quite working yet.

;;; lisp datum comment support
(defun lisp-syntax-propertize-function (start end)
  (goto-char start)
    ((rx "#;")
     (0 "'")))
(defun lisp-custom ()
  (setq-local syntax-propertize-function #'lisp-syntax-propertize-function)
  (syntax-propertize (point-max)))
(add-hook 'lisp-mode-hook #'lisp-custom)
Tom Gillespie <tgbugs@gmail.com>
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