December 2nd, 2008

Mudballs, a Common Lisp system manager

Here's something interesting from Sean Ross:

Hi all,

This post is to announce the release of Mudballs, a collection of Common Lisp code for managing systems. It is currently in an early stage of development and still has a long way to go but is currently able to compile, load, document, download and install systems across Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. Mudballs supports the following implementations

  • Lispworks on Mac OSX, Linux and Windows.
  • SBCL on Mac OSX and Linux.
  • CMUCL on Mac OSX and Linux.
  • CLISP on Linux and Windows (Mac OSX as well provided you have FFI).
  • ClozureCL/OpenMCL on Mac OSX, Linux and Windows.
  • AllegroCL on Mac OSX, Linux and Windows.

As it currently stands it is not ASDF compatible (not ideal, I know) but ASDF support is planned for the future.
It is available from which contains enough information to get the intrepid lisper on his or her way.

As a small taste, the following is now possible from a freshly installed Lisp with Mudballs loaded.

> (mb:install :hunchentoot)
> (hunchentoot:start-server :port 8080)


I haven't tried Mudballs yet, I'm glad to see people taking on this kind of project.