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31.1 provide and require

Aubrey Jaffer, mostly to support his portable Scheme library SLIB, implemented a provide/require mechanism for many Scheme implementations. Library files in SLIB provide a feature, and when user programs require that feature, the library file is loaded in.

For example, the file `random.scm' in the SLIB package contains the line

(provide 'random)

so to use its procedures, a user would type

(require 'random)

and they would magically become available, but still have the same names! So this method is nice, but not as good as a full-featured module system.

When SLIB is used with Guile, provide and require can be used to access its facilities.

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