[Slime-devel] I think I need a little help

Paul Bowyer pbowyer at olynet.com
Thu May 22 21:05:04 UTC 2014

On 05/22/2014 02:32 AM, João Távora wrote:
> Paul Bowyer <pbowyer at olynet.com> writes:
>> Hello João,
>> Thanks for the link showing me how to get emacs 24,3. I followed the
>> instructions and it installed without problems. I was still having the
>> same problem starting slime in it until I disabled the instructions to
>> run the test suite in my install script. Then slime loaded without a
>> hitch the first time.
>> On subsequent loads, I sometimes get a window in emacs named *sldb
>> nil/1* with:
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>> Interrupt thread failed: thread #<THREAD "Swank 44066" FINISHED
>> values: NIL {10033EB6A3}> has exited.
>>     [Condition of type SB-THREAD:INTERRUPT-THREAD-ERROR]
>> Restarts:
>>   0: [ABORT] Abort thread (#<THREAD "Swank Sentinel" RUNNING {10033EB2C3}>)
>> Backtrace:
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>> I can select abort and it closes the debug window and leaves the slime
>> repl running.
>> This debug window doesn't always occur. If I wait for awhile before
>> restarting emacs and slime, it sometimes comes up without the debug
>> window. More often than not, the debug window comes up.
> This seems to be unrealated to the .elc compilation problems you report
> below, but I'll help you fix them anyway because to analyse it I need a
> more stable error recipe.
>> In my install script, I just delete the slime folder and then do:
>> git clone https://github.com/slime/slime.git
>> cd ~/my-slime-sandbox/slime
>> #change to doc folder and make the docs
>> #change back to slime folder
>> #then run
>> make clean check
>> make check-fancy
> Unfortunately, I think that due to missing compilation dependencies, you
> should run "make clean check-fancy" and then "make check". That will
> compile the files in the correct order.
I corrected my install script to use the suggested ordering and the test 
suite completes successfully
with the one expected failure. I have a separate test script for use 
with CCL and it also completes succesfully with one expected failure. I 
am able to start slime without removing any ".elc" files in 
slime/contrib, which I could not do before. However I still get the 
emacs debug window that I have to
abort out of. After that I have a slime REPL and I'll do some work to 
see how it goes. It will probably take me a little time to become 
accustomed to the ways of emacs 24 though.
> This need for ordering is a indeed a bug, probably introduced by me,
> specifically
>      make clean compile contrib-compile FAILS
>      make clean contrib-compile compile PASSES
> By the way do you just want the files compiled or do you really need to
> know the results of the test suite? Because the results posted by the CI
> system might be interesting and they are at
> https://travis-ci.org/slime/slime.
I looked at the site and it seems a much more elaborate system is used 
than I have, so I would like to continue with my simple install/test 
scripts, which I can manage without a lot of effort. I usually only run 
the slime test suite once upon downloading slime from github.

Thanks again for your help,

Paul Bowyer

> If you use the workaround or wait until the bug is fixed your "install
> script", and a good reproduction recipe, for bugs should be something like
>      git pull
>      make clean contrib-compile compile
>      # make check check-fancy
>      emacs -Q -L . -l slime-autoloads.el                            \
>                 --eval "(setq inferior-lisp-program \"sbcl\")"      \
>                 --eval "(add-to-list 'slime-contribs 'slime-fancy)"
>      M-x slime
> works nicely for me!

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