SBCL stand alone + packages: copy ‘n’ paste instructions

Here are copy ‘n’ paste instructions for compiling and installing SBCL, and installing packages manually. To compile SBCL we need an earlier SBCL binary; otherwise you may need to bootstrap using CLISP or CMUCL or some other Lisp variant. The SBCL installation guide has full details.

tar jxf sbcl-1.0.46-source.tar.bz2
cd sbcl-1.0.46
mkdir /opt/sbcl-1.0.46
sh --prefix=/opt/sbcl-1.0.46      # different if you don't have an earlier SBCL binary available
INSTALL_ROOT=/opt/sbcl-1.0.46 sh

Set the PATH and SBCL home directory in your ~/.bashrc:

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/sbcl-1.0.46/bin
export SBCL_HOME=/opt/sbcl-1.0.46/lib/sbcl

Install some custom packages in /opt/lisp. For example, the CFFI package requires babel, Alexandria, and trivial-features. Untar each package in /opt/lisp and then create (absolute) links to each package’s asd file:

cd /opt/lisp
ln -s /opt/lisp/alexandria/alexandria.asd .
ln -s /opt/lisp/babel_0.3.0/babel.asd .
ln -s /opt/lisp/cffi_0.10.6/cffi.asd .
ln -s /opt/lisp/trivial-features_0.6/trivial-features.asd .

Point SBCL to this package directory by adding these lines to ~/.sbclrc:

(require 'asdf)
(pushnew #P"/opt/lisp/" asdf:*central-registry* :test #'equal)
(push #P"/opt/lisp/" asdf:*central-registry*)

Now test that we can load the CFFI package:

carlo@foo:~> sbcl
This is SBCL 1.0.46, an implementation of ANSI Common Lisp.
More information about SBCL is available at .

SBCL is free software, provided as is, with absolutely no warranty.
It is mostly in the public domain; some portions are provided under
BSD-style licenses.  See the CREDITS and COPYING files in the
distribution for more information.
* (asdf:operate 'asdf:load-op 'cffi)

; loading system definition from
; /opt/lisp/cffi.asd into #
; registering # as CFFI
; loading system definition from
; /opt/lisp/babel.asd into #
; registering # as BABEL
; loading system definition from
; /opt/lisp/alexandria.asd into
; #
; registering # as ALEXANDRIA
; loading system definition from
; /opt/lisp/trivial-features.asd into
; #
; registering # as TRIVIAL-FEATURES

(lots more output snipped)

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