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Re: Improve ASDF build system for Common Lisp libraries

From: Guillaume Le Vaillant
Subject: Re: Improve ASDF build system for Common Lisp libraries
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:28:13 +0200
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Katherine Cox-Buday <> skribis:

> Ricardo Wurmus <> writes:
>> Pierre Neidhardt <> writes:
>>> Some .asd definitions have dependencies (declared with
>>> :system-depends-on).
>>> A common dependency is prove-asdf.
>>> If we read all .asd then we must drag all ASDF dependencies.  This can be a
>>> burden, say, for a test system that is not supported in Guix at the moment.
>>> My intuition is that parsing all ASD files is a good default behaviour
>>> but we should allow to override it with the asd-files keyword.
>> Sounds good to me.  When asd-files is provided we respect it, otherwise
>> we’ll try to use them all.
> +1 to allowing overrides for =asd-files=. If nothing else, packages need
> to be flexible!
> In addition to what Pierre is pointing out, the only issue I can think
> of with reading in all asd files is perhaps source trees which vendor
> packages. I don't think this is common in Common Lisp source trees, so
> maybe that's something we can deal with if it comes up.

Indeed there are a few packages that fail to build as-is when reading
all the asd files (example asd file somewhere in the directory tree or
things like that); 'asd-files' is useful in those case.

I pushed the code for the new behavior to the wip-lisp branch (commit
952fafb2a3c7a0978cc6a96268ad0632558b212d and following).

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