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Accessor GETHASH


gethash key hash-table &optional default => value, present-p

(setf (gethash key hash-table &optional default) new-value)

Arguments and Values:

key---an object.

hash-table---a hash table.

default---an object. The default is nil.

value---an object.

present-p---a generalized boolean.


Value is the object in hash-table whose key is the same as key under the hash-table's equivalence test. If there is no such entry, value is the default.

Present-p is true if an entry is found; otherwise, it is false.

setf may be used with gethash to modify the value associated with a given key, or to add a new entry. When a gethash form is used as a setf place, any default which is supplied is evaluated according to normal left-to-right evaluation rules, but its value is ignored.


 (setq table (make-hash-table)) =>  #<HASH-TABLE EQL 0/120 32206334>
 (gethash 1 table) =>  NIL, false
 (gethash 1 table 2) =>  2, false
 (setf (gethash 1 table) "one") =>  "one"
 (setf (gethash 2 table "two") "two") =>  "two"
 (gethash 1 table) =>  "one", true
 (gethash 2 table) =>  "two", true
 (gethash nil table) =>  NIL, false
 (setf (gethash nil table) nil) =>  NIL 
 (gethash nil table) =>  NIL, true
 (defvar *counters* (make-hash-table)) =>  *COUNTERS*
 (gethash 'foo *counters*) =>  NIL, false
 (gethash 'foo *counters* 0) =>  0, false
 (defmacro how-many (obj) `(values (gethash ,obj *counters* 0))) =>  HOW-MANY
 (defun count-it (obj) (incf (how-many obj))) =>  COUNT-IT
 (dolist (x '(bar foo foo bar bar baz)) (count-it x))
 (how-many 'foo) =>  2
 (how-many 'bar) =>  3
 (how-many 'quux) =>  0

Side Effects: None.

Affected By: None.

Exceptional Situations: None.

See Also:



The secondary value, present-p, can be used to distinguish the absence of an entry from the presence of an entry that has a value of default.

The following X3J13 cleanup issue, not part of the specification, applies to this section:

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