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print-unreadable-object (Macro)

— Macro: print-unreadable-object (object stream &key type identity) {form}* nil
Arguments and Values:

object—an object; evaluated.

stream— a stream designator; evaluated.

type—a generalized boolean; evaluated.

identity—a generalized boolean; evaluated.

forms—an implicit progn.


Outputs a printed representation of object on stream, beginning with “#<” and ending with “>”. Everything output to stream by the body forms is enclosed in the the angle brackets. If type is true, the output from forms is preceded by a brief description of the object's type and a space character. If identity is true, the output from forms is followed by a space character and a representation of the object's identity, typically a storage address.

If either type or identity is not supplied, its value is false. It is valid to omit the body forms. If type and identity are both true and there are no body forms, only one space character separates the type and the identity.


;; Note that in this example, the precise form of the output ;; is implementation-dependent.

 (defmethod print-object ((obj airplane) stream)
   (print-unreadable-object (obj stream :type t :identity t)
     (princ (tail-number obj) stream)))

 (prin1-to-string my-airplane)
 "#<Airplane NW0773 36000123135>"
or "#<FAA:AIRPLANE NW0773 17>"
Exceptional Situations:

If *print-readably* is true, print-unreadable-object signals an error of type print-not-readable without printing anything.