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This source tree constitutes the public Emotiq source repository from

We intend to do our work transparently and openly in full public view to this repository.

We assert an MIT license over this source aggregation; see

Developer installation instructions to run the software

This is a predominantly Common Lisp code base.

We aim to work on as many ANSI implementations as possible.

For the development of testnet we are targeting the commercial LispWorks Pro 7.1 implementation, but we ensure our code runs under ccl. We use LispWorks Pro to create the binaries we distribute, but our we intend our full functionality to be always be available by running on source with an arbitrary Common Lisp implementation to the extent we have the resources for such an effort.

Tell ASDF where to find the Emotiq systems

First, place a copy of this repository somewhere locally on your machine. We refer to that location as ~/work/emotiq/ in the following instructions, so, please, adjust location of the source tree in the emotiq.conf if you have your local copy of the repository in a different location.

Configure ASDF to search ~/work/emotiq/ at Lisp boot by copying etc/emotiq.conf (adjusting path to the source tree, if needed) to ~/.config/common-lisp/source-registry.conf.d/, creating the destination directory, if it doesn't already exist.

The following REPL command issued from the top-level source directory will both create the directory and copy the file on operating systems running some version of *NIX:

(uiop:run-program "mkdir -p ~/.config/common-lisp/source-registry.conf.d/ && cp ~/work/emotiq/etc/emotiq.conf ~/.config/common-lisp/source-registry.conf.d/")

or in shell:

mkdir -p ~/.config/common-lisp/source-registry.conf.d/ && \
cp ~/work/emotiq/etc/emotiq.conf ~/.config/common-lisp/source-registry.conf.d/

If you are under Windows or have placed your copy of this source tree in a different location on the file-system, you will have to perform the corresponding actions manually as per your local OS conventions.

Once the ASDF configuration has been edited correctly, one should be able to verify that things are working via:

(asdf:system-source-directory :emotiq)

Configure Quicklisp

If the Quicklisp package manager is not locally available to your Lisp implementation, first download and install it via the instructions available at

For more exact versioning of our dependencies, we modify the standard usage of Quicklisp in the following manner:

  1. We use an exact version of the quicklisp Quicklisp distribution, currently quicklisp 2018-01-31.

  2. We package dependencies not available in the quicklisp distribution within our own Quicklisp distribution named emotiq. We set the priority of the emotiq Quicklisp distribution higher than the quicklisp distribution which allows us to "patch" quicklisp dependencies as needed.

To effect the configuration of this setup, execute the forms in etc/setup-emotiq-quicklisp.lisp after installing Quicklisp via:

(load (asdf:system-relative-pathname :emotiq "../etc/setup-emotiq-quicklisp.lisp"))

Software requirements:


  • LispWorks Pro v7.1.1 (or 7.1.0 with all official patches applied)
  • XCode Command Line Tools


  • LispWorks Pro v7.1.1 (or 7.1.0 with all official patches applied)
  • Ubuntu 16.04 or later
  • build-essentials

Install the dependencies

After Quicklisp has been installed and configured, then issuing

(ql:quickload :emotiq/startup)

will download all the dependencies needed to run the emotiq:main loop.


We write a variety of tests, differentiated into those which don't depend on dynamic system state for their execution ("Unit tests") and those that do ("system integration tests").

We collect our unit tests in suites by defining lisp-unit test packaged into discrete ASDF systems. For a given ASDF system, its unit tests will be defined in in a system suffixed with -test.
To test, say cosi-bls, one may interactively run the suite in cosi-bls-test via:

(ql:quickload :cosi-bls-test)       
(asdf:test-system :cosi-bls-test)

For convenience of running all the tests for our software, we have factored the necessary generalizations into asdf-test-harness, introducing the run-suite and run-all-suite methods.

(ql:quickload :asdf-test-harness)

For each test suite, you will see a result like:

    Unit Test Summary
     | 12 assertions total
     | 12 passed
     | 0 failed
     | 0 execution errors
     | 0 missing tests

The counts of assertions/passed should go up over time, and should stay equal, with other counts staying zero.

Both harness:run-suite and harness:run-all-suites return nil if any of the lisp-unit tests fail.


To run the single node simulator, see the instructions in Running simulator.

Notes on missing dependencies

We have many ASDF descriptions within this repository whose dependencies may need to be satisfied by via ql:quickload.

Currently we are working on many systems simultaneously, most noteworthy among them being the work in the cosi-bls system.

If in exploring the code one finds system that can't resolve its ASDF defpendencies, then an invocation of ql:quickload for that system will resolve these dependencies. We will eventually provide an interfactive `cl:restart that does the network dependency loading more conveniently.

If say cosi-bls complains about not finding ironclad, a simple

(ql:quickload :cosi-bls)

will satisfy the dependencies by necessary network loads from the Quicklisp distributions.

Notes on building the native libraries required by CRYPTO-PAIRINGS

Currently, we have a dependency on a C library to do our pair based curve (PBC) cryptography, which in turn depends on the GNU GMP library.

We have a separate repository emotiq-external-libs, where we build these libraries and store compiled version in the GitHub Releases page.

To make access these libraries from Lisp code we have a glue library libLispPBCIntf source of which is located as src/Crypto/PBC-Intf directory.

The library currently only builds on Linux/MacOS. It requires a development tool-chain to be in place.

Once these tools are installed so that they may be invoked from a shell, the script in etc/build-crypto-pairings.bash can be used to drive the build. This script downloads compiled versions of external libraries and builds the glue library. The results of that script are created under a var/ subdirectory.

Particular version of emotiq-external-libs binaries can be selected by the variable EXTERNAL_LIBS_VERSION in the script etc/build-crypto-pairings.bash, which should contain a tag of release of emotiq-external-libs from Releases

All these compilations and linking are done transparently during normal systems quikload process, so no additional steps are required.

As a convenience, loading the ASDF definition for crypto-pairings will attempt to run the script to create the native libraries. If one is updating this tree from a previous version, one may explicitly have to force the asdf ‼️ Not needed during normal workflow

(asdf:make :crypto-pairings :force :all)

‼️ Not needed during normal workflow

All pushes to the source tree result in "Continuous Integration" build by Gitlab CI:

The description of test coverage is contained in the GitLab CI artifact at


Copyright (c) 2018 Emotiq AG
Created: 20-FEB-2018
Revised: <2018-07-10 Tue 14:31Z>