On Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:05:56 +0200
Ricardo Wurmus <rek...@elephly.net> wrote:
> Would it be desirable to change “substitute*” (or replace it) such that
> it throws an error or returns a value if substitution failed?  This
> might be helpful for the more complex packages with many substitutions.
> If we make it return a value (#f for error) it would also make our build
> phases a little prettier, I think.  (Now we forcefully return #t in any
> case and that seems wrong.)

While it's a big change I am for substitute* throwing an error if it can't find 
one of the patterns - and #t otherwise. It's true that these substitutions that 
are necessary but cannot be found would not be noticed in a long time otherwise.

I'm against it returning a value #f in the error case - it should just unwind. 
If you don't want it to unwind (in a few cases) you can always protect against 
it manually.

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