So you want to write a utility script, and you want to write it in Common Lisp. I created a template Common Lisp script called
start.lisp. It’s meant to be renamed and hacked up but it provides a starting point for a new Common Lisp script, with some utility libraries included.
Here’s a “one-liner” that you can paste into a text editor, verify visually, then copy-n-paste from the editor into a terminal. This will get you up and running on major distros:
sudo apt install sbcl || \
sudo dnf install sbcl || \
sudo yum install sbcl && \
git clone --recursive https://git.sr.ht/~fitzsim/cl-starter-script && \
It uses some shell tricks I found on the EmacsWiki, and a UIOP1 feature (
__CL_ARGV0) I discovered via the impressive cl-launch project. It’s too bad
cl-launch isn’t more widely packaged, since it seems like a good idea.
I may add more utility features to this template repository, but I’ll also try to keep it simple and self-contained. Self-contained meaning after the initial
git clone there’s no need to go back to the Internet for more libraries.
Thanks to Didier Verna for help with ASDF and for quickly incorporating into CLON some new features I requested.