Work-around built-in ~/common-lisp/ in search path?

Jason Miller jason at
Wed Nov 16 18:44:13 UTC 2016

Does specifying a registry with :ignore-inherited-configuration not
On 12:01 Wed 16 Nov     , Robert Goldman wrote:
> Here's my issue:
> 1. I have a bunch of lisp libraries that I use on everyday things
> installed in ~/common-lisp/.  One of the systems in there is an older,
> modified version of fiveam that my company uses in many projects.
> 2. I have a project where we use libraries from quicklisp to make it
> easier to handle dependencies.  For this project, I run a function that
> resets the ASDF source-registry, and uses a special copy of quicklisp (a
> copy that writes its systems in a different location).
> 3. I cannot build my system because the version of fiveam in
> ~/common-lisp/ shadows the version of fiveam from quicklisp, which I need.
> 4. I don't see any OBVIOUS way to tell ASDF to ignore my ~/common-lisp/
> directory.  I can do the following:
>   (setf asdf:*default-source-registries*
>         (remove 'asdf/source-registry::default-user-source-registry
>                 asdf:*default-source-registries*))
> but that seems really hard-core.  Would it be reasonable to make the
> defaults a little easier to override?
> Maybe something that's equivalent to --no-userinit and --no-sysinit when
> starting lisp -- something that will remove the user-specific entries or
> system-specific entries, respectively?
> I don't believe I can simply wipe the defaults, because then I might
> miss some SBCL libraries that come with the system default settings.
> Cheers,
> r

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