Platform support: current status (, linux)

Elias Pipping pipping.elias at
Mon Aug 22 14:46:36 UTC 2016

Dear list,

I've been meaning to find out what lisp compilers/interpreters are effectively supported
by current ASDF, to the point where they pass `make test-lisp` without a single (potentially
harmless error), such as those stemming e.g. from unexpected warnings.
I’ve now gotten around to a bit of testing. For future reference, on a recent Linux, with
ASDF, the answer is as follows:

ABCL: 1.2.0 (2013-06-01) or later looks good(*)
Allegro CL: 10.0 Express Edition looks good(**)
CCL: 1.10 (2014-09-12) or later looks good(***)
CLISP: 2.49 (2010-07-07) looks good; hg checkout segfaults in asdf-pathname-test.script
CMUCL: 20e (2013-09-28) or later looks good(+)
ECL: 16.0.0 (2015-08-28) or later looks good
LispWorks: HobbyistDV/Professional/Enterprise edition of 7.0 (2015-05-05) would probably look good(++1)
LispWorks: Professional edition of 6.1 (and presumably others) currently emit an unexpected warning(++2)
MKCL: 1.1.9 hangs in test-try-refinding.script; git checkout looks good
SBCL: 1.1.13 (2013-10-31) or later looks good(+++)

(*) sys::concatenate-fasls requires 1.2.0 or later
(**) 9.0 can no longer be downloaded so that I could not test with earlier versions
(***) 1.9 and earlier are broken on recent versions of linux, see
(+) 20c/20d has known CLOS issues.
(++1) I do not have access to them, so I cannot say for sure. The Hobbyist and Personal edition
lack application delivery and image saving functionality, respectively. The tests put those features
to the test and currently fail if they’re unavailable.
(++2) causing `make test-lisp` to fail; This started with ASDF; was fine.
(+++) sb-debug:print-backtrace requires 1.1.5 or later, bundles require 1.1.13 or later


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