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HELP PLOG_GOALS                                John Williams, April 1987
(Provisional version)


Creates a recordclass PLOG_GOAL with three fields:

        a Prolog term

        an alist mapping non-plog vars (idents) to plog-vars in the term

        a process, used to generate solutions to the term (see below)

Also the following procedures:

        constructor procedure

        deststructor procedure

        recogniser procedure

The key of PLOG_GOAL structures is held in the constant


-- Applying a PLOG_GOAL ------------------------------------------------


The procedure PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE takes two arguments, a PLOG_GOAL and a
procedure, which is bound to the variable PLOG_GOAL_FAIL_HOOK. Inside
PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE, the PLOG_GOAL_ENV part of the PLOG_GOAL is locally
bound to the variable CURRENT_PLOG_GOAL_ENV.

If this is the first time the PLOG_GOAL has been passed to
PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE then a term like this is made

        term, Fail_plog_goal, Kill_plog_goal

            (where 'term' is PLOG_GOAL_TERM(PLOG_GOAL))

and then a process which invokes this term (once, using
PROLOG_BARRIER_APPLY) is created and assigned to the PLOG_GOAL_PROCESS
field of the PLOG_GOAL.

'Fail_plog_goal/0' is a predicate that simply applies the value of

'Kill_plog_goal/0' kills the current process, returning any items
that have been put on the process' stack.

So, effectively, each time a particular PLOG_GOAL is passed to
PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE, the next solution is found, and then the procedure
passed as the second argument to PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE is called. This can
do anything. When no more solutions are available, the process is
killed. Further attempts to invoke the PLOG_GOAL will result in a
new process being created, and all the solutions found for a second

PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE returns TRUE unless the process has been killed, in
which case it returns FALSE (plus anything stored on the process'


This is the CLASS_APPLY procedure for the PLOG_GOAL data type.
It takes one argument, a PLOG_GOAL, and passes it to PLOG_GOAL_INVOKE,
along with a procedure to be assigned to PLOG_GOAL_FAIL_HOOK that

    (a) assigns the values of the PLOG_VAR's in CURRENT_PLOG_GOAL_ENV to
        the respective non-plog (ie Lisp or POP11) variables.

    (b) suspends the current process

-- Example -------------------------------------------------------------

vars x y X Y a g;
prolog_newvar() -> X;
prolog_newvar() -> Y;
prolog_maketerm(X, Y, [a b c d e], "append", 3) -> a;
consplog_goal(a, [x ^X y ^Y], false) -> g;

g ==>
** <plog_goal <prologterm append <prologvar _1>
                                 <prologvar _2>
                                 [a b c d e]>
              [x <prologvar _1> y <prologvar _2>]

;;; print values of X and Y for each solution
while g() do
    spr(x), npr(y)

[] [a b c d e]
[a] [b c d e]
[a b] [c d e]
[a b c] [d e]
[a b c d] [e]
[a b c d e] []

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