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******************************** * How to install & run Sparser * * Version 0.1 - 11/16/10 * ******************************** Thank you for downloading Sparser. This short guide will help you get everything up & running in no time. Installation & Setup ==================== Sparser is designed to run on *nix platforms & has been primarily tested on Intel-based Mac OS X. 1. Install the root directory "Sparser" wherever you like. We recommend (and the default configuration assumes) you keep it in your home directory. Note: if you download a distribution of Sparser from GitHub (rather than "checking-out" the repository with git clone), the root directory will be named something like "charlieg-Sparser-xxx." Once you unzip the .tar.gz or .zip archive, you should rename the root directory to "Sparser" -- this root directory should contain immediate subdirectories named "corpus," "lisp," and "Sparser," among others. 2. If you installed the "Sparser" directory somewhere other than your home directory, you'll need to modify the paths in the "Load asdf" section of the "Sparser/load-nlp.lisp" file to match your setup. You are now ready to try running Sparser. Testing Sparser ==================== You need to have a modern implementation of Common Lisp already installed. We currently only support Allegro Common Lisp (specifically the "mlisp" binary), but it shouldn't be too difficult to get Sparser running on a different implementation. 1. Start Lisp (with the "mlisp" binary if running Allegro CL). 2. Load the "Sparser/load-nlp.lisp" file. If running Allegro CL with a default installation, you can do this with ":ld ~/Sparser/load-nlp.lisp". 3. Switch over to the Sparser namespace by executing "(in-package :sparser)". 4. Test that Sparser is working properly & that it can parse a simple phrase. Execute "(p "10 days")". Your output should look something like this: ==================== sparser(3): (p "10 days") 10 days source-start e3 amount-of-time 1 "10 days" 3 end-of-source :done-printing ==================== If so, congratulations -- Sparser is working. Check out the documentation in "Sparser/Sparser/documentation" to see how you can start writing your own grammars.