Introduction to S-Lang

S-Lang is an interpreted language that may be embedded into an application to make the application extensible. It provides facilities required by interactive applications such as display/screen management, keyboard input and keymaps.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

S-Lang Dependencies


libpng-1.6.4, PCRE-8.33, and Oniguruma

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/slang

Installation of S-Lang

Install S-Lang by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc &&

To test the results, issue: make check. Note that this will also create a static version of the library which will then be installed in the next step.

Now, as the root user:

make install_doc_dir=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.2.4   \
     SLSH_DOC_DIR=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.2.4/slsh \
     install-all &&

chmod -v 755 /usr/lib/libslang.so.2.2.4 \

Command Explanations

make install_doc_dir=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.2.4 SLSH_DOC_DIR=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.2.4/slsh install-all: This command installs the static library as well as the dynamic shared version and related modules. It also changes the documentation installation directories to a versioned directory.

--with-readline=gnu: Use this parameter to use the Gnu Readline parser instead of the S-Lang internal version.

Configuring S-Lang

Config Files

~/.slshrc and /etc/slsh.rc


Installed Program: slsh
Installed Libraries: libslang.{so,a} and numerous support modules
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/slang, /usr/share/doc/slang-2.2.4 and /usr/share/slsh

Short Descriptions


is a simple program for interpreting S-Lang scripts. It supports dynamic loading of S-Lang modules and includes a Readline interface for interactive use.

Last updated on 2013-08-20 18:40:33 -0700