The following rules apply to the package system as long as
the value of
*package* is not changed:
Reading the same symbol name
always results in the same symbol.
An interned symbol always prints as a sequence of characters that, when read back in, yields the same symbol.
For information about how the Lisp printer treats symbols,
see Section 18.104.22.168 (Printing Symbols).
If two interned symbols are not the same, then their printed representations will be different sequences of characters.
These rules are true regardless of any implicit interning.
As long as the current package is not changed,
results are reproducible regardless of the order of loading files
or the exact history of what symbols were typed in when.
If the value of
*package* is changed and then changed back to the previous value,
consistency is maintained.
The rules can be violated by
changing the value of
forcing a change to symbols
or to packages
or to both
by continuing from an error,
or calling one of the following functions:
An inconsistency only applies if one of the restrictions is violated
between two of the named symbols.
shadowing-import can only affect the consistency of
symbols with the same names (under
as the ones supplied as arguments.