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Installing Steel Bank Common Lisp and Quicklisp on CentOS 6
posted on 2013-10-13 14:11:09

For getting this blog up and running, a standard compliant LISP installation was needed. SBCL was chosen. Further QuickLisp is needed.

Either use the binary install method, or build from source. Depends just on your preference. See here what is available. Building from source is described in the following.

Prerequisites are git, for getting the source code. Plus a working Common Lisp install for bootstrapping. (Can be SBCL or another one.) Maybe also gcc. (Writing this solely from memory.)

yum install sbcl -y
yum install git -y

If there are other libraries missing, use yum search for determining the package name. Afterwards yum install , in case you are wondering how to fix things.

git clone git://
cd sbcl

# depending on the common lisp implementation you are using, use just the right ONE of the following:
sh "lisp -batch"
sh "openmcl --batch"
sh "clisp"

# after compilation, just install

Important: It is highly recommended that you run the script in either a very fast terminal such as xterm (the GNOME terminal and the OS X terminal are too slow) or that you run it in a detached GNU screen session (use C-a d to detach the session and screen -r to resume it). The SBCL compile produces lots of output and your system's terminal program will likely slow down the compile in a drastic manner. (See here at page bottom.)

The compiled binary can be found user /usr/local/bin. Add it to your path, if that is not already the case. Check your installation afterwards:

sbcl --version

Quicklisp installation:

curl -O
sbcl --load quicklisp.lisp

At the sbcl prompt enter the following to install and autoload quicklisp:


Quicklisp usage:

;; For finding libraries:
(ql:system-apropos "<searchterm>")
;; For installing libraries:
(ql:quickload "<lib name>")

That should be about it, twitter me if something here is off. I am a LISP noob.

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