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  1. Outdated CHICKEN release
  2. Unit extras
    1. Random numbers
      1. randomize
      2. random
    2. Formatted output
      1. printf
      2. fprintf
      3. sprintf
      4. format
    3. Pretty-printing
      1. pretty-print
      2. pretty-print-width
    4. Input/Output extensions
      1. read-byte
      2. write-byte
      3. read-file
      4. read-line
      5. write-line
      6. read-lines
      7. read-string
      8. read-string!
      9. write-string
      10. read-token

Unit extras

This unit contains a collection of useful utility definitions. The unit is used in csi by default.

Random numbers


[procedure] (randomize [SEED])

Set random-number seed. If SEED (an exact integer) is not supplied, the current time is used. On startup (when Unit extras is initialized), the random number generator is initialized with the current time.


[procedure] (random N)

Returns a pseudo-random integer in [0, N-1]. N is an integer.

On Windows, N and the random value are exact integer.

Warning: This procedure uses rand(3) internally and exhibits its deficiencies, including low quality pseudo-randomness:

Formatted output




[procedure] (fprintf PORT FORMATSTRING [ARG...])
[procedure] (printf FORMATSTRING [ARG...])
[procedure] (sprintf FORMATSTRING [ARG...])

Simple formatted output to a given port (fprintf), the value of (current-output-port) (printf), or a string (sprintf). The FORMATSTRING can contain any sequence of characters. There must be at least as many ARG arguments given as there are format directives that require an argument in FORMATSTRING. Extra ARG arguments are ignored. The character `~' prefixes special formatting directives:

~% write newline character
~N the same as ~%
~S write the next argument
~A display the next argument
~\n skip all whitespace in the format-string until the next non-whitespace character
~B write the next argument as a binary number
~O write the next argument as an octal number
~X write the next argument as a hexadecimal number
~C write the next argument as a character
~~ display `~'
~! flush all pending output
~? invoke formatted output routine recursively with the next two arguments as format-string and list of parameters


[procedure] (format [DESTINATION] FORMATSTRING [ARG...])

The parameters FORMATSTRING and ARG... are as for printf.

The optional DESTINATION, when supplied, performs:




[procedure] (pretty-print EXP [PORT])
[procedure] (pp EXP [PORT])

Print expression nicely formatted. PORT defaults to the value of (current-output-port).


[parameter] pretty-print-width

Specifies the maximal line-width for pretty printing, after which line wrap will occur.

Input/Output extensions



[procedure] (read-byte [PORT])
[procedure] (write-byte BYTE [PORT])

Read/write a byte to the port given in PORT, which default to the values of (current-input-port) and (current-output-port), respectively.


[procedure] (read-file [FILE-OR-PORT [READER [MAXCOUNT]]])

Returns a list containing all toplevel expressions read from the file or port FILE-OR-PORT. If no argument is given, input is read from the port that is the current value of (current-input-port). After all expressions are read, and if the argument is a port, then the port will not be closed. The READER argument specifies the procedure used to read expressions from the given file or port and defaults to read. The reader procedure will be called with a single argument (an input port). If MAXCOUNT is given then only up to MAXCOUNT expressions will be read in.



[procedure] (read-line [PORT [LIMIT]])
[procedure] (write-line STRING [PORT])

Line-input and -output. PORT defaults to the value of (current-input-port) and (current-output-port), respectively. If the optional argument LIMIT is given and not #f, then read-line reads at most LIMIT characters per line. read-line returns a string without the terminating newline and write-line adds a terminating newline before outputting.


[procedure] (read-lines [PORT [MAX]])

Read MAX or fewer lines from PORT. PORT defaults to the value of (current-input-port). PORT may optionally be a string naming a file. Returns a list of strings, each string representing a line read, not including any line separation character(s).




[procedure] (read-string [NUM [PORT]])
[procedure] (read-string! NUM STRING [PORT [START]])
[procedure] (write-string STRING [NUM [PORT]])

Read or write NUM characters from/to PORT, which defaults to the value of (current-input-port) or (current-output-port), respectively. If NUM is #f or not given, then all data up to the end-of-file is read, or, in the case of write-string the whole string is written. If no more input is available, read-string returns the empty string. read-string! reads destructively into the given STRING argument, but never more characters than would fit into STRING. If START is given, then the read characters are stored starting at that position. read-string! returns the actual number of characters read.


[procedure] (read-token PREDICATE [PORT])

Reads characters from PORT (which defaults to the value of (current-input-port)) and calls the procedure PREDICATE with each character until PREDICATE returns false. Returns a string with the accumulated characters.

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