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20 Lstreams

An lstream is an internal Lisp object that provides a generic buffering stream implementation. Conceptually, you send data to the stream or read data from the stream, not caring what’s on the other end of the stream. The other end could be another stream, a file descriptor, a stdio stream, a fixed block of memory, a reallocating block of memory, etc. The main purpose of the stream is to provide a standard interface and to do buffering. Macros are defined to read or write characters, so the calling functions do not have to worry about blocking data together in order to achieve efficiency.