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22.7.2.5 Sloppy Alist Functions

sloppy-assq, sloppy-assv and sloppy-assoc behave like the corresponding non-sloppy- procedures, except that they return #f when the specified association list is not well-formed, where the non-sloppy- versions would signal an error.

Specifically, there are two conditions for which the non-sloppy- procedures signal an error, which the sloppy- procedures handle instead by returning #f. Firstly, if the specified alist as a whole is not a proper list:

     (assoc "mary" '((1 . 2) ("key" . "door") . "open sesame"))
     -|
     ERROR: In procedure assoc in expression (assoc "mary" (quote #)):
     ERROR: Wrong type argument in position 2 (expecting NULLP): "open sesame"
     ABORT: (wrong-type-arg)
     
     (sloppy-assoc "mary" '((1 . 2) ("key" . "door") . "open sesame"))
     ⇒ #f

Secondly, if one of the entries in the specified alist is not a pair:

     (assoc 2 '((1 . 1) 2 (3 . 9)))
     -|
     ERROR: In procedure assoc in expression (assoc 2 (quote #)):
     ERROR: Wrong type argument in position 2 (expecting CONSP): 2
     ABORT: (wrong-type-arg)
     
     (sloppy-assoc 2 '((1 . 1) 2 (3 . 9)))
     ⇒ #f

Unless you are explicitly working with badly formed association lists, it is much safer to use the non-sloppy- procedures, because they help to highlight coding and data errors that the sloppy- versions would silently cover up.

— Scheme Procedure: sloppy-assq key alist
— C Function: scm_sloppy_assq (key, alist)

Behave like assq but do not do any error checking. Recommended only for use in Guile internals.

— Scheme Procedure: sloppy-assv key alist
— C Function: scm_sloppy_assv (key, alist)

Behave like assv but do not do any error checking. Recommended only for use in Guile internals.

— Scheme Procedure: sloppy-assoc key alist
— C Function: scm_sloppy_assoc (key, alist)

Behave like assoc but do not do any error checking. Recommended only for use in Guile internals.