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Function LISTEN


listen &optional input-stream => generalized-boolean

Arguments and Values:

input-stream---an input stream designator. The default is standard input.

generalized-boolean---a generalized boolean.


Returns true if there is a character immediately available from input-stream; otherwise, returns false. On a non-interactive input-stream, listen returns true except when at end of file[1]. If an end of file is encountered, listen returns false. listen is intended to be used when input-stream obtains characters from an interactive device such as a keyboard.


 (progn (unread-char (read-char)) (list (listen) (read-char)))
>>  1
=>  (T #\1)
 (progn (clear-input) (listen))
=>  NIL ;Unless you're a very fast typist!

Side Effects: None.

Affected By:


Exceptional Situations: None.

See Also:

interactive-stream-p, read-char-no-hang

Notes: None.

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