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3.3.2 Basic Expression

A basic expression can have one of the following forms:

A single quoted string. Backslashes can be used to protect single quotes ('), hash characters (#), or backslashes (\) in the string. All other characters of STRING are output as-is when the single quoted string is evaluated. Backslashes are processed before the hash character for consistency with the definition syntax. It is needed there to avoid preprocessing conflicts.

A double quoted string. This is a cooked text string as in C, except that they are not concatenated with adjacent strings. Evaluating "STRING" will output STRING with all backslash sequences interpreted.

A back quoted string. When this expression is evaluated, STRING is first interpreted as a cooked string (as in `"STRING"') and evaluated as a shell expression by the AutoGen server shell. This expression is replaced by the stdout output of the shell.

A parenthesized expression. It will be passed to the Guile interpreter for evaluation and replaced by the resulting value.

Additionally, other than in the % and ?% expressions, the Guile expressions may be introduced with the Guile comment character (;) and you may put a series of Guile expressions within a single macro. They will be implicitly evaluated as if they were arguments to the (begin ...) expression. The result will be the the result of the last Guile expression evaluated.

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