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Beluga Build & Test

Beluga is a functional programming language designed for reasoning about formal systems. It features direct support for object-level binding constructs using higher order abstract syntax and treats contexts as first class objects.

Getting started

Prerequisites

Install the OCaml package manager (opam) by following the instructions at http://opam.ocaml.org/doc/Install.html.

Optionally, rlwrap may be installed to greatly improve the Beluga interactive mode user experience.

Installation from the opam repository

Stable releases of Beluga are published on the opam repository, but they may not have the most recent features and bugfixes.

Beluga may be installed in the current opam switch using:

# Install `beluga` and `harpoon` in `$OPAM_SWITCH_PREFIX/bin`
opam install beluga

# Add `$OPAM_SWITCH_PREFIX/bin` to the `PATH` environment variable in the current shell
eval $(opam env)

Alternatively, to avoid dependency conflicts, an opam switch may be created specifically for Beluga using:

mkdir Beluga
cd Beluga
opam switch create . --empty
opam install beluga
eval $(opam env)

You can now run Beluga programs using the beluga or harpoon executables:

beluga path/to/program.bel
harpoon --sig path/to/program.bel

Use make uninstall to uninstall the executables.

Installation from the source

The latest version of Beluga may be built and installed as follows, without the test dependencies. With this configuration, the unit and integration tests cannot be run with make test.

To build Beluga from the source code and install it in its own opam switch:

git clone https://github.com/Beluga-lang/Beluga.git Beluga
cd Beluga
make setup-install
make install

You can now run Beluga programs using the beluga or harpoon executables from the newly created opam switch environment in the Beluga directory. Make sure your shell has the correct opam switch environment variables using eval $(opam env --switch=. --set-switch) in the Beluga directory.

beluga path/to/program.bel
harpoon --sig path/to/program.bel

Use make uninstall to uninstall the executables.

Development

The latest version of Beluga may be built and installed as follows, with the test dependencies. With this configuration, the unit and integration tests can be run with make test. If you already have an opam switch for Beluga without the test dependencies installed as above, then you can install them with opam install . --locked --deps-only --with-test --with-doc. Alternatively, you can remove the existing opam switch with opam switch remove ..

To start working on Beluga, clone the repository and run the make setup-development command to create an opam switch for Beluga with the necessary dependencies:

git clone https://github.com/Beluga-lang/Beluga.git Beluga
cd Beluga
make setup-development
eval $(opam env)

Use make to compile the production version of Beluga, make test to compile and run the tests, and make clean to clean the directory of compilation results. Use ./LINT to find code style errors.

To build and use any of the compiled executables as if they were installed from opam, use dune exec [executable]. For instance, you can build and run the development version of beluga with:

dune exec beluga path/to/program.bel

Likewise, you can build and run the development version of harpoon with:

dune exec harpoon -- --sig path/to/program.bel

See the Makefile for other available development commands.

Interactive Mode

For interactive proofs, we recommend using Harpoon. A detailed list of commands and tactics is available here.

Beluga-mode for GNU Emacs

Beluga includes a major mode for programming in Emacs. The elisp file is located in the tools directory. To configure Beluga-mode:

  1. Update your ~/.emacs or ~/.emacs.d/init.el file with the lines written below. XEmacs users must update ~/.emacs or ~/.xemacs/init.el with the same text. Create any of these files if they do not exist already.

    • You should replace path/to/beluga with the actual path of the Beluga directory.
      (add-to-list 'load-path "path/to/beluga/tools/")
      (load "beluga-mode.el")
      
    • NOTE: Feel free to move the beluga-mode.el file to another directory so long as you add its location to the Emacs load-path.
  2. Restart Emacs. Emacs will now launch in Beluga-mode automatically when you open a Beluga program.