Introduction to Clisp

GNU Clisp is a Common Lisp implementation which includes an interpreter, compiler, debugger, and many extensions.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 platform.

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Installation of Clisp



This package does not support parallel build.

If you are building on a 32-bit system, work around a bug in GCC caused by the latest version of binutils:

case $(uname -m) in
    i?86) export CFLAGS+=-falign-functions=4 ;;

Remove two tests, which fail for unknown reasons:

sed -i -e '/socket/d' -e '/"streams"/d' tests/tests.lisp

Install Clisp by running the following commands:

If you are building clisp against libffcall, apply the patch to fix a build failure with current readline:

patch -Np1 -i ../clisp-2.49-readline7_fixes-1.patch

Install Clisp by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

../configure --srcdir=../                       \
             --prefix=/usr                      \
             --docdir=/usr/share/doc/clisp-2.49 \
             --with-libsigsegv-prefix=/usr &&

ulimit -s 16384 &&
make -j1

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

ulimit -s 16384: this increases the maximum stack size, as recommended by the configure.

--docdir=/usr/share/doc/clisp-2.49: this ensures the html documentation will go into a versioned directory instead of straight into /usr/share/html/.

--with-libsigsegv-prefix=/usr: use this to tell configure that you have installed libsigsegv in /usr, otherwise it will not be found.

--with-libffcall-prefix=/usr: use this to tell configure that you have installed the optional libffcall in /usr, otherwise like libsigsegv it will not be found.


Installed Programs: clisp, clisp-link
Installed Libraries: various static libraries in /usr/lib/clisp-2.49/base/
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/clisp-2.49 /usr/share/doc/clisp-2.49 /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp;

Short Descriptions


is an ANSI Common Lisp compiler, interpreter, and debugger


is used to link an external module to clisp

Last updated on 2021-02-20 14:53:06 -0800