Am I at a dead-end?

Alessio Stalla alessiostalla at
Thu Aug 6 08:52:42 UTC 2020

I've opened a pull request:
You can read some commentary there.
I couldn't find a way to run Lisp tests locally so I may have missed


On Wed, 5 Aug 2020 at 10:30, Alessio Stalla <alessiostalla at> wrote:

> If you're ok with building your own abcl from my sources, then yes, you
> can give it a try as early as you want.
> Some form of closure serialisation works, and it may already be ok for
> your use case. I couldn't figure how to execute Lisp tests, and I'd like to
> write a test that spawns a new instance of ABCL to properly verify that
> serialisation works across different processes.
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 09:47 Steven Nunez <steve_nunez at> wrote:
>> I've been looking at a few other ways to accomplish wrapping Spark, and
>> none look good. I could generate Java functions, which seem to be
>> inherently serialisable, but that defeats the point of using ABCL. I also
>> considered an approach using Java to call into ABCL, but then I've got to
>> ensure that the ABCL functions are distributed to each node, defeating the
>> point of using Spark.
>> @Alessio Stalla, your most recent github commit suggests that things
>> might have moved along to the point that function and closure serialisation
>> is working. Are things stable enough to give it a try? Not this week, but
>> perhaps on Monday? I'm happy to debug anything that I turn up. There's a
>> new project on the horizon and I'd like to use the Java compatibility angle
>> to try and get Lisp into it. If I'm lucky, I may not even have to mention
>> lisp, depending on how/if the contract terms work out.
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