Proposal to improve the loading of the abcl-contrib dependency.

Mark Evenson evenson at
Sat Aug 1 22:15:50 UTC 2015

On 2015/8/1 19:30, Ralph Ritoch wrote:

> I wasn't aware that ABCL already has an
> extensibility system for the lifecycle, such as
> SYS:*MODULE-PROVIDER-FUNCTIONS*. If that can be used to override the
> default places to search for the abcl-contrib packages, than great. I
> didn't notice it in the code I was looking at.  The core problem that needs
> to be solved is making a reasonable deployment system for distributed
> single-jar (uberjar) applications. 


An additional mechanism for modifying ABCL behavior at startup lies in
the ability to [add arbitrary code to the contents of system.lisp][1].
One could use this to install an additional hook to
SYS:*MODULE-PROVIDER-FUNCTIONS* which would be able to satisfy the
(REQUIRE :abcl-contrib) by referring to PATHNAMEs within the current
jar.  Thus, one could boot an überjar without recourse to anything
additional in ABCL.


"A screaming comes across the sky.  It has happened before, but there
is nothing to compare to it now."

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