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SICL: A new Common Lisp Implementation

This is the main source code repository for SICL. It contains the compiler, standard library, and documentation.

What is SICL?

SICL is a new implementation of Common Lisp. It is intentionally divided into many implementation-independent modules that are written in a totally or near-totally portable way, so as to allow other implementations to incorporate these modules from SICL, rather than having to maintain their own, perhaps implementation-specific versions.

Quick Start

  1. Make sure you have installed the dependencies:

The bash script get-dependencies.sh will do this work for you.

  1. Clone the source with git:

    $ git clone https://github.com/robert-strandh/SICL
    $ cd SICL
    
  2. Make sure the top-level directory can be found by ASDF.

  3. Compile the boot system as follows:

    (asdf:load-system :sicl-boot)
  4. Change the package for convenience:

    (in-package #:sicl-boot)
  5. Create an instance of the BOOT class:

    (defparameter *b* (boot))

    Bootstrapping may take a few minutes.

  6. Start a REPL:

    (repl *e5*)

Documentation

Check the Documentation directory for more information.

Getting Help and Contributing

The SICL community members are usually on various IRC channels. There is now a dedicated channel called #sicl, but discussion can also be found on #commonlisp, and #clasp. All these channels are on the libera.chat network.

Keep up on SICL by reading the IRC logs

If you want to contribute SICL, please read CONTRIBUTING.md.

License

SICL is primarily distributed under the terms of the BSD license.

See LICENSE-BSD for more details.