Major Section: ACL2-BUILT-INS
Mv is the mechanism provided by ACL2 for returning two or more values.
(mv x1 x2 ... xn) is the same as
(list x1 x2 ... xn), a
list of the indicated values. However, ACL2 avoids the cost of building this
list structure, with the cost that
mv may only be used in a certain style
in definitions: if a function ever returns using
mv (either directly, or
by calling another function that returns a multiple value), then this
function must always return the same number of values.
For more explanation of the multiple value mechanism, see mv-let. Also see mv-list for a way to convert a multiple value into an ordinary list.
ACL2 does not support the Common Lisp construct
values, whose logical
meaning seems difficult to characterize.
Mv is the ACL2 analogue of that