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Armed Bear Common Lisp README ============================= GENERAL INFORMATION ------------------- Armed Bear Common Lisp is a conforming implementation of ANSI Common Lisp that runs in a Java virtual machine. It compiles Lisp code directly to Java byte code. LICENSE ======= Armed Bear Common Lisp is distributed under the GNU General Public License with a classpath exception (see "Classpath Exception" below). A copy of GNU General Public License (GPLv2) is included in this distribution, in <file:COPYING>. We have modfied our GPLv2 license section 13 to read: 13. Linking this library statically or dynamically with other modules is making a combined work based on this library. Thus, the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License cover the whole combination. The following paragraph details the "classpath exception" which ABCL allows as an exception to the statement about linking libraries. As a special exception, the copyright holders of this software give you permission to link this software with independent modules to produce an executable, regardless of the license terms of these independent modules, and to copy and distribute the resulting executable under terms of your choice, provided that you also meet, for each linked independent module, the terms and conditions of the license of that module. An independent module is a module which is not derived from or based on this software. If you modify this software, you may extend this exception to your version of the software, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to do so, delete this exception statement from your version. RUNNING FROM DOCKER =================== With [Docker Engine] installed one may execute: docker run -it easye/abcl to get illin:~/work/abcl$ docker run -it easye/abcl Armed Bear Common Lisp 1.6.0-dev Java 1.8.0_111 Oracle Corporation OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM Low-level initialization completed in 0.295 seconds. Startup completed in 1.425 seconds. Type ":help" for a list of available commands. CL-USER(1): 23 23 [Docker Engine]: https://www.docker.com/products/docker-engine Building a Docker Image With Modifications ------------------------------------------ Get the source (see below); make yer mods; use the Dockerfile to build. docker build -t YOURID/abcl . docker run -it YOURID/abcl See <file:Dockerfile> for the build instructions. RUNNING FROM BINARY RELEASE =========================== After you have downloaded a binary release from either [the distributed Maven POM graph][maven-abcl] or from [abcl.org][abcl.org-release] archive unpack it into its own directory. To run ABCL directly from this directory, make sure Java (version 1.6 or up) is in your shell's path. [maven-abcl]: <https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.abcl/abcl/1.5.0> [maven-abcl-contrib]: <https://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.abcl/abcl-contrib/1.5.0> [abcl.org-release]: <http://abcl.org/releases/1.5.0/> To start ABCL, simply issue the following command: cmd$ java -jar abcl.jar which should result in output like the following Armed Bear Common Lisp 1.6.0-dev Java 1.8.0_131 Oracle Corporation Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM Low-level initialization completed in 0.324 seconds. Startup completed in 1.892 seconds. Type ":help" for a list of available commands. CL-USER(1): Yer now at the interactive ABCL "Read Eval Print Loop" (REPL): hacks 'n glory await. BUILDING FROM SOURCE RELEASE ============================ ABCL may be built from its source code by executing the build instructions <file:build.xml> expressed by the venerable Apache Ant tool. To build, one must have a Java 6, 7 or 8 Java Development Kit (JDK) installed locally. Just the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) isn't enough, as you need the Java compiler ('javac') to compile the Java source of the ABCL implementation. Download a binary distribution [Ant version 1.7.1 or greater][ant]. Unpack the files somewhere convenient, ensuring that the 'ant' (or 'ant.bat' under Windows) executable is in your path and executable. [ant]: http://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi Then simply executing cmd$ ant from the directory containing the <file:build.xml> instructions will create an executable wrapper ('abcl' under UNIX, 'abcl.bat' under Windows). Use this wrapper to start ABCL. The build may be customized by copying <file:abcl.properties.in> to <file:abcl.properties>, which will cause Ant to attempt to build incrementally as well as optimizing the runtime for a contemporary 64bit desktop/server machine running Java 8. The file may be edited for further customization. Using NetBeans -------------- Alternatively, one may install the [Netbeans visual integrated development environment][netbeans], which contains both the Java Development Kit as well as the Ant build tool. With Netbeans, one should be able to open the ABCL directory as a project whereupon the usual build, run, and debug targets as invoked in the GUI are available. Use the 'slime' config with a suitably linked 'swank.asd' in '~/.asdf-install-dir/systems/' to connect a REPL to the NetBeans debug process. [netbeans]: http://netbeans.org/downloads/ BUGS ==== ABCL is a conforming ANSI Common Lisp implementation. Any other behavior should be reported as a bug. ABCL now has a manual stating its conformance to the ANSI standard, providing a compliant and practical Common Lisp implementation. Tests ----- ABCL 1.5.0 now fails 48 out of 21708 total tests in the [revised and expanded ANSI CL test suite][ansi-test] (derived from the tests originally written for GCL). [ansi-test]: git+https://gitlab.common-lisp.net/ansi-test/ansi-test.git Maxima's test suite runs without failures. ABCL comes with a test suite, see the output of `ant help.test` for more information. ### Deficiencies Many. But patches to address issues mentioned above will be gladly accepted. CONTACT ======= Please report problems to the development mailing list: <email@example.com> Have fun! AUTHORS ======= On behalf of all ABCL development team and contributors, Mark Evenson Erik Huelsmann Rudolf Schlatte Alessio Stalla Ville Voutilainen alan olof ferada pipping slyrus vibhu dmiles June 2017