Introduction to Guile

The Guile package contains the GNU Project's extension language library. Guile also contains a stand alone Scheme interpreter.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Guile Dependencies


GC-8.0.4 and libunistring-0.9.10


Emacs-27.2 and GDB-10.2 (run-time only dependencies).

User Notes:

Installation of Guile

First, fix a build failure with glibc-2.34 installed:

sed -e 's/#ifndef __attribute_maybe_unused__//' \
    -e '174d'                                   \
    -i lib/libc-config.h

Install Guile by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr    \
            --disable-static \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/guile-3.0.7 &&
make      &&
make html &&

makeinfo --plaintext -o doc/r5rs/r5rs.txt doc/r5rs/r5rs.texi &&
makeinfo --plaintext -o doc/ref/guile.txt doc/ref/guile.texi

To test the results, issue: ./check-guile.

Now, as the root user:

make install      &&
make install-html &&

mkdir -p                       /usr/share/gdb/auto-load/usr/lib &&
mv /usr/lib/libguile-*-gdb.scm /usr/share/gdb/auto-load/usr/lib &&
mv /usr/share/doc/guile-3.0.7/{guile.html,ref} &&
mv /usr/share/doc/guile-3.0.7/r5rs{.html,}     &&

find examples -name "Makefile*" -delete         &&
cp -vR examples   /usr/share/doc/guile-3.0.7   &&

for DIRNAME in r5rs ref; do
  install -v -m644  doc/${DIRNAME}/*.txt \
done &&

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Programs: guild, guile, guile-config, guile-snarf and guile-tools
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/guile, /usr/lib/guile, /usr/share/doc/guile-3.0.7 and /usr/share/guile

Short Descriptions


is a stand-alone Scheme interpreter for Guile


is a Guile script which provides the information necessary to link your programs against the Guile library, in much the same way PkgConfig does


is a script to parse declarations in your C code for Scheme visible C functions


is a wrapper program installed along with guile, which knows where a particular module is installed and calls it, passing its arguments to the program


is a symlink to guild

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