Hi Alex,

Ah, the situation is not so bad IMO.  To begin with, this is an obscure thing 
to do, I think - maybe somewhat pedantic. It forces golog to be prolog, in a 
sense. And there are workarounds which you provided. And I think you're right: 
it should be possible to restructure the involved golog.l rules to do this 

Maybe another rule or a lisp function can be written, which gets the bindings 
instantiated and copied out to another, less partially unified, expression. 

Or maybe a way to make that pilog magic number to bind at the desired level, 
*and all levels above that also*, perhaps if a negative magic numbers appears 
there. (But I wouldn't touch doProve, if it slows it down!)

In any event, the golog.l source and simple test program are now in the public 
domain and so hopefully better pilog programmers than I are able to smooth that 

I think translating golog into pilog has been a great review of prolog and 
pilog and golog for me personally - hopefully useful for others on the list and 

I'm guessing picolisp/pilog for embedded systems will get more popular over 
time, as people see the advantages :-) 

Thanks for all the help!


--- On Mon, 7/4/11, Alexander Burger <a...@software-lab.de> wrote:

> From: Alexander Burger <a...@software-lab.de>
> Subject: Re: pilog question
> To: picolisp@software-lab.de
> Date: Monday, July 4, 2011, 10:55 PM
> Hi Doug,
> > Hmmm, what's the best answer for stackoverflow? 
> > 
> > > >    (2 cons (-> @F)))
> > 
> > "Tune the magic number to allow the correct
> unification bindings to
> > reach up into rules which are calling this one, as far
> as needed, in a
> > given application. The value of 2 here works for one
> test, but use 3 to
> > make the other test work."
> Hmm, unsatisfactory ... :(
> I'm not very happy with the situation. It is a design flaw
> in Pilog.
> A cleaner solution would be to restructure the involved
> rules in such a
> way that the bindings are propagated up the "normal" way
> through the
> call hierarchy (and not from a deeply nested level directly
> to the top).
> I'm not sure how to do it in the case of golog, though.
> Cheers,
> - Alex
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