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8 Strings

As with many languages, Lisp and C have special support for logical arrays of characters, going so far as to give them a special name, “strings”. In that spirit, CFFI provides special support for translating between Lisp and C strings.

The :string type and the symbols related below also serve as an example of what you can do portably with CFFI; were it not included, you could write an equally functional strings.lisp without referring to any implementation-specific symbols.