Common Lisp implementations out of date

Krzysztof Klimonda kklimonda at
Wed Mar 2 16:38:53 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-03-02 at 03:15 -0500, Andrew Pennebaker wrote:
> CLISP works, but it's missing CFFI and threads.

CFFI seems to be packaged as cl-cffi. It's probably a bit outdated, as
it hasn't been updated for a year or so, but it's there. If it doesn't
work there are no bug reports indicating that. No idea about threads.
> SBCL crashes during installation on Xen hosts.

Can't test it, there is no report on Launchpad. If that's the case it
should be reported. The only distantly related bug I've found is but it talks about OpenVZ, not Xen guests,
and is not going to get fixed.
> ECL crashes during installation.

This one looks like an easy fix as it probably lacks a rebuild. I'll do
it later. I'm surprised that it fails on maverick, as it had two
uploads, but they were early in the cycle - possible that it happened
before we have dropped support for i486 (which removed the symlink).

> OpenMCL hasn't been updated since Dapper. And it's called CCL now, by
> the way.

It has been removed from Debian, and then deleted from Ubuntu during
feisty development cycle.

> ABCL doesn't have an entry in Aptitude.

Hasn't been packaged by anyone - there is the ITP bug reported on the
Debian BTS though:

> GCL is so old, it doesn't export the package :CL (and therefore can't
> work with Quicklisp).

We have the most recent version packaged, also natty has the same
version that Debian ships (it has an astounding number of 87 revisions).
Upstream has not released a new version of gcl since 2005, if it's old
it's because they don't work on it (or at least don't release it).

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