Scsh (a Unix Scheme shell) FAQ

Scsh (a Unix Scheme shell) FAQ

Post by Michel Schi » Sat, 14 Jul 2001 16:30:08

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Frequently Asked Questions

   This is the scsh Frequently Asked Questions list, version 2.24, 2
July 2001.

   This article is provided as is without any express or implied
warranties.  While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of
the information contained in this article, the maintainer assumes no
responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from
the use of the information contained herein.


   This section contains questions and answers about this FAQ, its
authors, etc.

What is the aim of this FAQ?

   The aim of this FAQ is to provide some help and documentation to
people interested in scsh, a Unix shell that uses Scheme as its
scripting language.  It is mainly aimed towards those who do not know
much about scsh or Scheme.  This explains why some questions that might
seem trivial to the seasoned Scheme programmer are included anyway.

Who wrote this FAQ?

   Most of the FAQ was written and is still maintained by Michel Schinz
(<>) and Eric Marsden (<>). To
send mail about the FAQ in general, please do not use these personal
addresses, but the alias mentioned below (*note Contact::.).

What was changed recently in this FAQ?

   Here is a list of recent changes.  The name of the person who
suggested the change (either explicitly by sending a mail, or
implicitly by posting in the newsgroup) is mentioned in parentheses.

  1. 1998/12/29 v2.0 Debian scsh package mentioned (Eric Marsden), all
     URLs updated, section about Linux compilation problems added, new
     home-page for the FAQ mentioned, many small changes.

  2. 1999/02/12 v2.01 Minor error corrected (Bengt Kleberg)

  3. 1999/07/05 v2.10 Section about FreeBSD package added (Martin

  4. 1999/07/21 v2.11 E-mail address for FAQ maintainer updated.

  5. 1999/09/08 v2.12 Regular expression syntax described (Allyn
     Dimock), e-mail addresses for the mailing-list updated (Brian

  6. 1999/09/27 v2.13 Additions to contrib/.

  7. 1999/10/07 v2.14 scsh version 0.5.2 released.

  8. 1999/11/15 v2.15 corrections: win32 support, SREs, corrected Scsh
     URL, new licence, link

  9. 2000/02/29 v2.16 language comparisons, example error handler,
     mention guile-scsh.

 10. 2000/08/28 v2.17 binary RPMs for linux distributions,

 11. 2000/09/05 v2.18 Olin Shivers' e-mail/web page location updated,
     authors section added, history shortened, regexp section updated.

 12. 2000/12/22 v2.19 win32 binaries

 13. 2001/01/15 v2.20 HTML versions of the scsh manual/paper mentioned
     (Dorai Sitaram).

 14. 2001/05/28 v2.21 building on MacOS X, Sourceforge site.

 15. 2001/06/08 v2.22 scsh version 0.5.3 released.

 16. 2001/06/14 v2.23 section about the guile port updated (Paul

 17. 2001/07/02 v2.24 Matthias Radestock's Scheme FAQ mentioned, URL for
     R5RS updated.

Where do I get the latest version of this FAQ?

   The latest version of the FAQ can be found at the "scsh FAQ

   This home-page contains three versions of this FAQ: an ASCII
version, an HTML version and an Info version.  If you have access to
the World Wide Web, I strongly recommend that you get the HTML version,
since all the hyperlinks can be followed just by clicking on them.

   Apart from that, this document is posted on the 13th of each month to
the newsgroups `comp.lang.scheme.scsh', `comp.lang.scheme',
`', `comp.answers' and `news.answers'.

Where do I send comments about this FAQ?

   Comments about this FAQ should be sent to the following address:

   Please help us in producing a useful document by sending suggestions
and material for this FAQ.  If you find stylistic, grammatical or syntax
errors, please also report them.


   This section contains general questions about scsh: what it is,
where to find it, etc.

What is scsh?

   Scsh is a Scheme shell.  That is, it is a Unix shell which uses
Scheme as its scripting language.  It was designed and written by Olin
Shivers and Brian Carlstrom, and is built on top of Scheme 48, an
implementation of Scheme written by Jonathan Rees and Richard Kelsey.

   Scsh currently includes the following features:

   - A complete Posix interface.

   - A very complete support for networking, with high and low level
     interfaces.  An additional network package, including an HTTP
     server, SMTP support, etc. is also available separately.

   - Powerful string manipulation functions: pattern matching, file-name
     manipulations, etc.

   - AWK-like macros.

   - An s-expression-based notation for regular expressions (SREs).

   However, it is currently aimed primarily at scripting use, rather
than interactive use (*note Interactive scsh::.).

How do you pronounce scsh?

   According to Olin, scsh is pronounced "skishhhh" (it rhymes with

What is the current version of scsh?

   The current version (as of 2 July 2001) is 0.5.3.

What are the licensing terms for scsh?

   Scsh is distributed under a BSD-like open source licence. Here are
the exact terms, which can be found in the file `COPYING' of the

     Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Richard Kelsey and Jonathan Rees Copyright
     (c) 1994-1999 by Olin Shivers and Brian D. Carlstrom.  All rights

     Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
     modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
     are met: 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above
     copyright    notice, this list of conditions and the following
     disclaimer.  2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the
     above copyright    notice, this list of conditions and the
     following disclaimer in the    documentation and/or other
     materials provided with the distribution.  3. The name of the
     authors may not be used to endorse or promote products    derived
     from this software without specific prior written permission.


   Previous to version 0.5.2 scsh was distributed under a more
restrictive licence.

What is Scheme?

   Scheme is a small and elegant programming language of the Lisp
family, originally designed by Guy Lewis Steele Jr. and Gerald Jay
Sussman.  It includes powerful features like first-class procedures and
continuations, and is statically scoped (like Pascal).  For more
information, refer to the Scheme FAQ (*note Getting the docs::.).

What is Scheme 48?

   Scheme 48 is a small and portable Scheme implementation written by
Jonathan Rees and Richard Kelsey.  It is based on a virtual machine
architecture (i.e. it does not compile to native code).

   Scheme 48 implements all the features described in R5RS (*note
Getting the docs::.) and some extensions like exceptions and a module

How does scsh compare to other scripting languages, like Perl?

   It is always hard to compare programming languages objectively.
However, here are the main differences between scsh and its "rivals"
(both positive and negative differences are included):

   - Scsh is based on a well-designed and general programming language
     (Scheme) that has been developed over many years.  Thus, scsh is a
     general programming tool, not a quickly hacked tool with limited

     Among other things, Scheme (and thus scsh) has serious data
     structures, not just strings like many scripting languages.  It
     also has powerful control structures like continuations and, in
     the case of Scheme 48, exceptions.

   - The interface to Unix functions has been well designed: the names
     are consistent, and their behavior is "Scheme-like".  For example,
     system calls do not use the `errno' global variables to signal
     errors, but raise exceptions instead.

     This approach is fundamentally different from, say, the Perl
     approach, where functions have the same name (often cryptic) and
     behavior (often strange) as their Unix equivalents.

   - Scsh is somewhat slow, especially on startup. However, the static
     linker can be used to solve the slow-startup problem, at the
     expense of higher disk consumption.

   The following code snippets aim to provide an idea of how scsh
compares with other common scripting languages. They all print a list
of all the executables available in the current PATH to stdout
(improvements to these examples welcome).

   - `sh'

          for d in $PATH; do
            for f in $d/*; do
              [ -x $f -a ! -d $f ] && echo $f

   - `perl'
          What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that
          people have stopped banging their head against?
          - *Larry Wall*


          foreach $dir (split(/:/,  $ENV{'PATH'})) {
             opendir(DIR, $dir) or die "can't opendir $dir: $!";
             map {-x "$dir/$_" && ! -d "$dir/$_" && print "$_\n" } readdir(DIR);
             closedir DIR;

   - `python'

          import os, string, stat
          for d in string.split(os.environ['PATH'], ':'):
             for f in os.listdir(d):
                mode = os.lstat(d + '/' + f)[stat.ST_MODE]
                   if not stat.S_ISDIR(mode):
                      print f

   - `scsh'
          #!/usr/local/bin/scsh -s

          (define (executables dir)
            (with-cwd dir
               (filter file-executable? (directory-files dir))))
          (define (writeln x) (display x) (newline))

          (for-each writeln
             (append-map executables ((infix-splitter ":") (getenv "PATH"))))

Where can I get scsh?

   The latest version of scsh should be available at the following
`' and

   The official scsh home-page is located at:
`'. There is a SourceForge
projet page for scsh at `'.

   Binaries for the Debian distribution of GNU/Linux are available from
`'. A
binary RPM for Red Hat Linux for x86 is available in the shells group of
the libc6 contrib archive (say `rpmfind scsh').

   Binaries for win32 using Cygwin32 are available at
(thanks to Reini Urban). These require a recent version of cygwin1.dll.

Where can I find documentation about scsh?

   The main documentation about scsh is the scsh manual.  It is
included in the distribution: the ready-to-print PostScript is in
`doc/' and the LaTeX source in `doc/scsh-manual'.
Moreover, a copy of the PostScript file is available at:

   You may also want to take a look at the technical report describing
the design of scsh.  It is also included in the distribution
(`doc/'), and a copy can be found at:

   Dorai Sitaram <> maintains HTML versions of these
two documents, which can be found there:

   Shriram Krishnamurthi <> also wrote some notes
about using scsh, and especially the HTTP server that may be worth
reading. These notes can be found at:

   The documentation about Scheme 48 is also worth reading.  The user's
guide is in the file `doc/user-guide.txt' and the documentation about
the module system in `doc/'.  These two documents are also
available online, thanks to Margaret Fleck:

   Also, since scsh is written on top of a Scheme system, you have
access to the great power of Scheme.  However, no Scheme documentation
is available with scsh, so you may wish to obtain the standard Scheme
references as well.  Here are some useful pointers:

   - An excellent and up-to-date Scheme FAQ was written by Matthias
     Radestock and is available at:
     An older FAQ was maintained by Mark Kantrowitz and Barry Margolin
     and, for those interested, is still available at:
   - (`') is a collection of Scheme
     resources maintained by the Programming Languages Team at Rice

   - The Scheme home-page is located at:
   - The official specification for Scheme is "The Revised^5 Report on
     the Algorithmic Language Scheme", often abbreviated R5RS.  This is
     the document you should use to look up details about Scheme.
     PostScript, PDF and HTML versions of this document are available

   - There are many good books about Scheme, for example: "Structure and
     Interpretation of Computer Programs" (2nd ed.) by Harold Abelson
     and Gerald Jay Sussman, MIT Press, 1996 or "Scheme and the Art of
     Programming" by George Springer and Daniel P. Friedman, MIT Press,
     1989.  For more references, see the Scheme FAQ.

   - The Scheme 48 home-page is located at `'. It contains
     useful information about Scheme 48, including papers describing its

   The home-pages of the various people involved in the design of
Scheme, Scheme 48 or scsh may also be of interest to you.  Here are
some links:

   - Gerald Jay Sussman:

   - Jonathan A. Rees:

   - Richard Kelsey:

   - Olin Shivers:

   - Brian D. Carlstrom:

Is there some kind of reference card for scsh?

   Not exactly.  There is a small list of all of scsh's functions in
the file `doc/cheat.txt'.  However, it would be great to have a nice
TeXified reference card, which would include R5RS functions as well
(you know, something like the great Perl reference card).

Which newsgroups and mailing-lists are related to scsh?

   Currently, there is a mailing-list and a newsgroup which are
completely equivalent.

   To (un)subscribe to the mailing-list, send a message to
<>.  To submit a message to the
mailing-list, send it to <>.

   Also, `comp.lang.scheme', which talks about Scheme in general, may
be of interest to you. If Scheme is your first functional language, you
might also want to read `comp.lang.functional'.

Does scsh run on my system?

   Currently, scsh runs without modification on the following systems:
DEC Ultrix, Harris CXUX, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, FreeBSD (*note Scsh on
FreeBSD::.), NetBSD, NeXTSTEP, SGI IRIX, Solaris, SunOS, MacOS X and
Win32. It should also run without too many changes on other 32 bits
UNIX platforms (for 64 bit platforms like Digital Unix, *note Porting

Is scsh easy to port?

   On 32 bits UNIX machines, yes, usually.  If your system isn't already
supported, take a look at the file `doc/install.txt' which contains
porting instructions.

   Porting scsh to 64 bit UNIX machines (or, more generally, non-32 bit
machines) is currently harder. The main reason is that this requires
modifications to the Scheme 48 virtual machine (VM). This VM is written
in PreScheme, a dialect of Scheme, and the PreScheme compiler isn't
distributed with scsh. It is, however, included in standard Scheme 48
distributions, which are available on Richard Kelsey's FTP site:
(you'll also find a paper about PreScheme there). Note that Scheme 48
v0.46, on which scsh is currently based, is *not* available anymore.

   In any case, never try to hack the C code generated by the PreScheme
compiler (file `scheme48vm.c'); this is ugly and you'll have to restart
from scratch for the next release of Scheme 48.

   Apart from the problems with the Scheme 48 VM, there are also some
problems with scsh: the current version contains C code that assumes
32-bitness.  This occurs mainly in the foreign-function interfaces (that
is, interface between Scheme and C), where integers are converted
between their Scheme and C representation.

   Since v0.5.2 there is also a port to Win32 which uses the cygwin32
toolkit (thanks to Brian Carlstrom).

Can I run scsh under some other Scheme implementation?

   Currently, scsh is tightly bound to Scheme 48 because it uses two
non-standard features of Scheme 48: its module system and its foreign
function interface.  This does not mean that porting it to another
Scheme implementation is impossible, but it is certainly hard.

   There is an near-complete port of scsh to the Guile interpreter by
Gary Houston, which you can access by cvsweb at
`'. It needs
the `guilerxspencer' and `rxspencer' packages, available at

   Other potential porting targets include
  1. RScheme.  RScheme, developed at the University of Texas, Austin,
     also has a module system (apparently similar to Scheme 48's
     system) and a foreign function interface (FFI).  Moreover,
     RScheme's embryonic documentation says: "[...] we may port full
     scsh to RScheme".  Wait and see.  For more information on RScheme,

  2. MzScheme.  MzScheme, developed at Rice University, also has a
     module system and an FFI.  It comes with a nice programming
     environment, DrScheme, which includes an editor, a graphical
     stepper, debugging tools and more.  Steven Jenkins
     <> has done some work on porting scsh to this
     system, but he has stopped working on it now.  If you are
     interested in what he did, feel free to contact him.

     More information about MzScheme can be found at:

Installing and using scsh

   Now that you have downloaded scsh, you might want to install and use
it.  Some help about this subject is provided here.

Compilation problems

   Scsh should compile without problems on most Unix platforms.
Particular notes:

  1. on MacOS X you will need to specify the host type to configure,
     since (at the time of writing) autoconf is not able to autodetect
     it. You need to install the developer tools CD, and include
     `--host=powerpc-apple-bsd' in the configure commandline.

  2. on Linux, compiling versions older than 0.5.2 with the new version
     on the glibc caused problems. The 0.5.2 release notes say
     "problems with the signal system blowing up builds on some of the
     more obscure Unix systems have been fixed").

Is there a "port" of scsh for FreeBSD?

   Installing scsh on FreeBSD is best done by compiling FreeBSD's scsh
"port" (meaning the FreeBSD term of a port, which is an integrated
third-party package) or by getting a binary "package" from a FreeBSD
ftp server. The port's integration of scsh automatically takes care of
some compiling and installation issues, among them support for ELF
based FreeBSD systems (3.x and higher).

   The sources of the port are available here:
and the binary packages for various FreeBSD versions are here:

It looks like I do not have enough memory to compile scsh?!?

   If you get errors like "not enough memory" when building scsh, you
may try to adjust the limits on memory usage imposed by your system.
To do this, you have to use the `ulimit' command under `sh' and
derivatives or the `unlimit' command under `csh' and derivatives
(`tcsh' and the like).  See the reference manual of your shell for more

Is there some kind of "contributed code archive" for scsh?

   The following two sites may be of interest to you:

  1. The contributed code directory for scsh, which is located at
     Currently includes

       1. su-net, an extensible web server written by Olin Shivers with
          extensions by Michael Sperber;

       2. Functional Postscript, which provides a Scheme interface to
          the Postscript page description language;

       3. A text markup system by Scott Draves and Jonathan Rees;

       4. pgscsh, a socket-level interface to the PostgreSQL
          object-relational DBMS, by Eric Marsden.

     Go on and send more code.

  2. The various Scheme code repositories, which are all listed in the
     Scheme FAQ.  The two main repositories are the Scheme Repository
     at Indiana University:
     and the CMU AI Repository, Scheme Section (a.k.a. the CMU Scheme

   Also, some useful code is included with Scheme 48 (hash tables
support, sorting functions, etc.) in the Big Scheme module.  Please
notice that you will have to open the module before being able to
access its functions.  For additional information, check the file
`doc/big-scheme.txt' in the scsh distribution.

   If you want to contribute some code, you should send it directly to
Olin Shivers <>. You can send an URL or an
uuencoded tar file.

   If you want to write some code for scsh but you don't know what, you
might want to take a look at the scsh home-page (*note Getting scsh::.)
which contains a list of interesting projects.

Can I use "plain" Scheme code with scsh?

   Generally speaking, all of the existing Scheme code can be run
without problem with scsh.  There is only *one* possibly annoying
incompatibility between R5RS-compliant interpreters and scsh: Symbols in
scsh are case-sensitive while this is not true for R5RS-compliant
interpreters.  This means, for example, that the following expression:

     (eq? 'symbol 'Symbol)

evaluates to `#t' with an R5RS-compliant interpreter (including the
original Scheme 48), while it evaluates to `#f' with scsh.

   In practice this shouldn't be a big problem, but if you encounter
code that works perfectly with all Scheme interpreters except scsh, then
this may be the reason.

   If you want to know the design decision behind this choice, you
should read the technical report describing the design of scsh (*note
Getting the docs::.).

   There are also other extensions to R5RS in scsh (e.g. C-like escaped
characters in strings) but they shouldn't break existing Scheme code;
you should have them in mind, however, when trying to write portable
Scheme code under scsh.

Can I use scsh as an interactive shell?

   Well, technically you can: just run the "scsh" command and you will
enter a Scheme 48 session with all scsh functions available.  However,
this is definitely not suitable for interactive work: there is no
command-line editing, no command-line history, no file/function name
completion, no terse syntax, etc.  All these features are planned, and
Olin has a design for much of them.  However, nobody found the time to
implement them yet.

   In the meantime, a nice solution is to use a separate tool which
provides some of these features.  Here is a partial list of such tools:

  1. Emacs: use the `cmuscheme' package, written by Olin.  It is now
     part of Emacs, but if you don't have it on your system, you may
     use the one provided with scsh, which is also a little more
     up-to-date (check the directory `emacs').  This mode enables you
     to run scsh (or any Scheme interpreter by the way) as an inferior
     process.  It provides command-line editing, command-line history,
     dynamic completion, file-name completion, automatic indentation of
     Scheme code and more.

     If you want to give it a try right now, just type `C-u M-x
     run-scheme', and then enter `scsh' at the prompt.

  2. Some terminal emulator that enables input (or output) editing.  An
     example is the 9term terminal emulator, inspired by the Plan 9
     terminal emulator.  Check out 9term's home-page at:

  3. Any text editor that can run a process in one of its windows.  An
     example is wily (although it is more than a text editor), inspired
     by Plan 9's ACME tool.  For more information:

I get "undefined variable" errors when I try to use some functions?!?

   If you get "undefined variable" errors when you use functions from
the big-scheme package or macros like `define-record', then maybe you
didn't open the appropriate packages.  To open them, there are two

  1. use the `,open' command in interactive mode, or

  2. use Scheme 48's module system.

   The first solution is nice for interactive work, while the second is
the one to use for scripts.

   Documentation on the Scheme 48 module system can be found in the file
`doc/'. Olin Shivers also posted a message with further
explanations to the scsh newsgroup, which is archived at

Can I use SLIB (a Scheme library) with scsh?

   Yes, provided that you get (or write) an initialization file for
scsh.  Tomas By wrote one that you can get there:

   By the way, more information about SLIB is available by following
this URL:

Some basic I/O functions (like EOF testing) seem not available in scsh?!?

   Don't forget that scsh is built on top of Scheme.  Therefore, you
have access to the full power of Scheme in scsh, and that includes some
basic I/O functions, like the test for EOF, etc.  However, these
functions are not documented in the scsh manual, but in the official
Scheme specification (R5RS, *note Getting the docs::.).

How can I return the eof-object?

   Some functions and macros (like the nice AWK macro) take a reader
function as an argument.  This reader function is required to return the
eof-object at the end of the input.  This is easy when the input is a
port, but much harder when the input is something else (like a list of
lines, etc.).  The reason is that R5RS specifies that the eof-object
can't be read by the `read' procedure, and therefore can't be included
literally in your source.  However, it can be defined like that:

     (define eof-object (read (make-string-input-port "")))

Is there support for protocols like HTTP, SMTP, etc.?

   Yes, but it isn't included in the scsh distribution.  You will find
it in the contributed code directory for scsh:

I get strange errors with some network functions?!?

   If you are using scsh 0.4.2 under Solaris 2 or Irix 5, and the errors
you get look like:

     Error: 122
            "Operation not supported on transport endpoint"
            #{Procedure 9398 %listen}

then you should switch to a newer version of scsh: this was a known bug
of scsh 0.4.2.

   If, for some reason, you want to stick with v0.4.2, here is how to
fix the bug:

   In scsh's distribution directory, edit the file
`scsh/solaris/netconst.scm' (if you are under Solaris 2 and above) or
`scsh/irix/netconst.scm' (if you are under Irix 5 and above) so that
the following lines:

     (define socket-type/stream 1)              ; stream socket
     (define socket-type/datagram 2)            ; datagram socket
     (define socket-type/raw 3)         ; raw-protocol interface
     ;;(define socket-type/rdm 4)               ; reliably-delivered message
     ;;(define socket-type/seqpacket 5)      ; sequenced packet stream

are replaced by the following lines:

     (define socket-type/stream 2)              ; stream socket
     (define socket-type/datagram 1)            ; datagram socket
     (define socket-type/raw 4)         ; raw-protocol interface
     ;;(define socket-type/rdm 5)               ; reliably-delivered message
     ;;(define socket-type/seqpacket 6)      ; sequenced packet stream

then recompile scsh, by running make in the main directory, and
reinstall it.

How do I get the multiple values returned by a function?

   This is documented in the R5RS.  However, with all these
continuations, the documentation might be a little hard to understand
for newcomers.  So here is a little (although not very useful) example
that uses `values' and `call-with-values':

     (call-with-values (lambda () (values 6 7)) *)
       => 42

   As you can see, the first argument to `call-with-values' is a
procedure which return multiple values, and the second is a procedure
which gets these multiple values as arguments.

   Scheme 48 provides another syntax to access multiple values: the
`receive' macro.  This macro binds multiple values returned by an
expression to variables, and then evaluates a sequence of expressions
with these bindings active (for Common Lisp fans, this is similar to
`multiple-value-bind').  Here is the above example, rewritten using

     (receive (x y) (values 6 7) (* x y))
       => 42

   For more information on this function, check out

   While this may not be evident here, the `receive' macro is often
easier to use than `call-with-values'.

How do I interface scsh with a C function?

   You should use the `cig' program, written by Olin Shivers.  It is a
nice C interface generator.  The program and its documentation are
included in the `cig' directory.

   If you need examples on how to use `cig', just check out the scsh

What is the syntax of regular expressions?

   Scsh 0.5.2 introduced support for SREs, or Structural Regular
Expressions.  These provide an s-expression notation for building up
and operating on regular expressions. See the SRE section of the manual
for further details.

   Standard string-based regexps are also available (and in fact SREs
compile to string-based regexps). Henry Spencer's POSIX regular
expression engine is used to implement the matching. The syntax
accepted by this engine is described in its man page, which can be
found in the scsh distribution, in file `scsh/regexp/regex.7'.

How should I handle errors?

   Scsh raises exceptions instead of passing error status codes via the
`errno' variable (this makes error handling much simpler). You can use
the `with-errno-handler' form to handle these errors gracefully.

   Certain error conditions are signalled by calls to the `error'
primitive. If you wish to intercept these conditions gracefully you can
write your own handler. The following example shows how to intercept the
host-not-found condition on DNS lookup.

     #!/usr/local/bin/scsh \
     -dm -m whnf -e main -s

     (define-structure whnf
       (export main)
       (open scheme scsh handle)

         (define (with-host-not-found* thunk)
            (lambda (k)
               (lambda (condition next)
                 (cond ((string-match "^name->host-info" (cadr condition))
                        (display "No such host")
                       (else (next))))

         (define-syntax with-host-not-found
           (syntax-rules ()
             ((with-host-not-found ?body ...)
              (with-host-not-found* (lambda () ?body ...)))))

         (define (main args)
            (host-info "")))))