Acl2 Version 1.6 Notes
Major Section:  RELEASE-NOTES

A new key has been implemented for the acl2-defaults-table, :ignore-ok. See set-ignore-ok.

It is now legal to have color events, such as (red), in the portcullis of a book. More generally, it is legal to set the acl2-defaults-table in the portcullis of a book. For example, if you execute :red and then certify a book, the event (red) will show up in the portcullis of that book, and hence the definitions in that book will all be red (except when overridden by appropriate declarations or events). When that book is included, then as always, its portcullis must first be ``raised,'' and that will cause the default color to become red before the events in the book are executed. As always, the value of acl2-defaults-table immediately after execution of an include-book, certify-book, or encapsulate form will be the same as it was immediately before execution (and hence, so will the default color). See portcullis and, for more about books, see books.

A theory ground-zero has been defined to contain exactly those rules that are enabled when Acl2 starts up. See ground-zero.

The function nth is now enabled, correcting an oversight from Version 1.5.

Customization files no longer need to meet the syntactic restrictions put on books; rather, they can contain arbitrary Acl2 forms. See acl2-customization.

Structured directory names and structured file names are supported; see especially the documentation for pathname, book-name, and cbd.

Acl2 now works with some Common Lisp implementations other than akcl, including Lucid, Allegro, and MCL.

A facility has been added for displaying proof trees, especially using emacs; see proof-tree.

There is a considerable amount of new documentation, in particular for the printing functions fmt, fmt1, and fms, and for the notion of Acl2 term (see term).

It is possible to introduce new well-founded relations, to specify which relation should be used by defun, and to set a default relation. See well-founded-relation.

It is possible to make functions suggest new inductions. See induction.

It is possible to change how Acl2 expresses type-set information; in particular, this affects what clauses are proved when forced assumptions are generated. See type-set-inverter.

A new restriction has been added to defpkg, having to do with undoing. If you undo a defpkg and define the same package name again, the imports list must be identical to the previous imports or else an explanatory error will occur. See package-reincarnation-import-restrictions.

Theory-invariant and set-irrelevant-formals-ok are now embedded event forms.

The command :good-bye may now be used to quit entirely out of Lisp, thus losing your work forever. This command works in akcl but may not work in every Common Lisp.

A theory ground-zero has been added that contains exactly the enabled rules in the startup theory. See ground-zero.

Define-pc-macro and define-pc-atomic-macro now automatically define :red functions. (It used to be necessary, in general, to change color to :red before invoking these.)

For a proof of the well-foundedness of e0-ord-< on the e0-ordinalps, see proof-of-well-foundedness. [Note added later: Starting with Version_2.8, o< and o-p replace e0-ord-< and e0-ordinalp, respectively.]

Free variables are now handled properly for hypotheses of :type-prescription rules.

When the system is loaded or saved, state is now bound to *the-live-state*.

Certify-book has been modified so that when it compiles a file, it loads that object file.

Defstub has been modified so that it works when the color is hot (:red or :pink).

Several basic, but not particularly commonly used, events have been added or changed. The obscure axiom symbol-name-intern has been modified. The definition of firstn has been changed. Butlast is now defined. The definition of integer-length has been modified. The left-hand side of the rewrite rule rational-implies2 has been changed from (* (numerator x) (/ (denominator x))) to (* (/ (denominator x)) (numerator x)), in order to respect the fact that unary-/ is invisible with respect to binary-*. See loop-stopper.

The `preprocess' process in the waterfall (see hints for a discussion of the :do-not hint) has been changed so that it works to avoid case-splitting. The `simplify' process refuses to force (see force) when there are if terms, including and and or terms, in the goal being simplified.

The function apply is no longer introduced automatically by translation of user input to internal form when functions are called on inappropriate explicit values, e.g., (car 3).

The choice of which variable to use as the measured variable in a recursive definition has been very slightly changed.