Subject: Re: [historical] Invoking a Lisp compiler From: Erik Naggum <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 1999/01/22 Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp Message-ID: <email@example.com> * Matthew Economou <firstname.lastname@example.org> | Can anyone tell me (or point me to the relevant history) how the Lisp | compiler has traditionally been invoked? I've found some documentation | on the internals of a Multics Lisp compiler called "lcp", but no manual | page. The modern Lisps I've run across (e.g. Allegro CL, GCL, Chez | Scheme) don't have a "batch" mode, per se (e.g., a non-interactive | program like "cc"). well, I'm not too sure about this part of Lisp lore, but since the function is COMPILE-FILE, I'd assume that it's called much like any other function in the listener that effectively replaces the shell command line. other than that, there is indeed a batch mode in Allegro CL. e.g., I build a new Allegro CL image with this Makefile: allegro.dxl: allegro libacl503.so customization.fasl make-allegro.cl update code ./allegro -batch -e '(load "make-allegro.cl")' -kill mv --force --backup --version-control=t new-lisp.dxl allegro.dxl allegro: ln -s lisp allegro cp -p lisp.dxl allegro.dxl customization.fasl: allegro ../custom/*.cl ./allegro -batch -e '(load "../custom/customization.cl")' -kill and customization.cl goes like this: (defsystem :customization (:pretty-name "Customizations for Naggum Software" :default-pathname #p"/home/franz/custom/") (:serial "readtable" "custom" "naggum-software" "defsys-fixes" "excl-fixes" "tpl-fixes" "format-fixes" "filesys-fixes" "socket-fixes")) (load-system :customization :silent t :compile t :no-warn t) (concatenate-system :customization "customization.fasl") incidentally, I forget why I did LOAD-SYSTEM instead of COMPILE-SYSTEM. there is a reason to it. #:Erik -- SIGTHTBABW: a signal sent from Unix to its programmers at random intervals to make them remember that There Has To Be A Better Way.