Slime

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Introduction

Here is one way to get a lisp programming environment using emacs and slime and sbcl. Common Lisp was used to build viaweb by Paul Graham with 3 coders in 1995. It sold to yahoo for 50M us $ and became yahoo store. Lisp also powers orbitz.com. Other Lisp resources include scsh, drscheme, the book SICP, and Practical Common Lisp by Peter Seibel(free online), as well as ANSI common lisp and On lisp(free online) by Paul Graham. A gentle introduction to symbolic computation by Touretsky is free online as well. Happy hacking!!!

  • emacs - editor
  • slime - lisp mode for emacs
  • sbcl - a common lisp implementation (clisp is another good one, just substitute clisp for sbcl in the following)

External Resources

Installation

The Arch repositories have emacs and sbcl packages:

  1. su - root
  2. pacman -Sy emacs sbcl
  3. cd /home/userX
  4. wget http://aur.archlinux.org/packages/slime/slime.tar.gz
  5. tar xzvf slim--.tar.gz
  6. cd slime
  7. makepkg
  8. pacman -U slime-XX.tar.gz

Configuration

Now to setup emacs to use slime by creating a .emacs file: change user to userX and in /home/userX to create your .emacs file, vi .emacs; mine is:

  1. vi .emacs (now paste the below into this file, changing g to whatever you userX is, then ESC, :wq to save, apologies if you are a vi whiz!)
  (setq inferior-lisp-program "/usr/bin/sbcl")
  (add-to-list 'load-path "/home/g/slime/pkg/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/slime/")
  (require 'slime)
  (slime-setup)


--my userX is g, and /usr/bin/sbcl is path to steel bank common lisp (switch to clisp or CMU lisp if you like, which are other great common lisp implementations)

--then save [:wq], and [emacs & enter] to launch emacs, [ALT-x slime -return-] to enter slime mode, which takes like 10s to load, and there you are a nice working lisp dev environment. Emacs has its own tutorial built in and www.sbcl.org has info on sbcl..enjoy..

FOR 64 BIT:

  • As root: pacman -S emacs clisp
  • wget slime from slime website
  • chown -R user: /usr/bin/clisp and slime dir
  • untar slime, follow readme by creating .emacs file in your users home....
  • start emacs, ALT-x slime

Thats all there is to it....