[asdf-devel] What is the release process for ASDF?

Faré fahree at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 21:14:00 UTC 2009

2009/12/1 Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll <juanjose.garciaripoll at googlemail.com>:
> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 9:05 PM, Faré <fahree at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think that it is the very design of ASDF that a .asd file is Lisp
>> source code, and that we thus reuse Lisp as the language to do magic
>> there. What better way to load extensions in your .asd than that?
>> After all, you need the extension there before you even try to parse
>> the defsystem statement with the loaded extension.
> Sometimes great power brings great responsibility and the fact that
> *.asd files can be any lisp becomes a burden for people wanting to
> port those libraries. Specially when then the library itself depends
> for instance on extensions that are defined in the *.asd file and not
> in the lisp objects themselves. I am right now thinking on software
> like ECL's extensions for packing libraries into monolithic FASL files
> or standalone programs.
I think you are doing the right thing of packaging this ECL extension
into the same .fas. And indeed, I include it in the asdf.asd (though
of course there's an interesting bootstrap problem in going from the
asd to the fas).

For other extensions that are not as tightly coupled to the asdf
bootstrapping process, I think that inserting (asdf:load-system ...)
in a .asd is a better fit.

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