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Re: cl-asdf: where is its asd file?

From: Guillaume Le Vaillant
Subject: Re: cl-asdf: where is its asd file?
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:34:50 +0100
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Tim Lee <> skribis:

> I have installed cl-asdf using `guix install cl-asdf`. The installation
> was successful. However, when I looked into the
> ~/.guix-profile/share/common-lisp/source/asdf/ directory, I only see one
> file: asdf.lisp.
> Is this normal? I was expecting to get an `asdf.asd` file as well. I am
> running Ubuntu 20.04 as my base system. I want to use Guix's cl-asdf
> 3.3.4 instead of the old ASDF 3.3.1 bundled in SBCL (which was installed
> using Ubuntu's package manager). ASDF's documentation (section 3.3
> Upgrading ASDF) has instructions for what I want to do:
>> If your implementation already provides ASDF 3 or later (and it
>> should), but you want a more recent ASDF version than your
>> implementation provides, then you just need to ensure the more recent
>> ASDF is installed in a configured path, like any other system. We
>> recommend you download an official tarball or checkout a release from
>> git into ~/common-lisp/asdf/. (see Configuring ASDF to find your
>> systems).
>> Once the source code for ASDF is installed, you don't need any extra
>> step to load it beyond the usual (require "asdf"): ASDF 3 will
>> automatically look whether an updated version of itself is available
>> amongst the regularly configured systems, before it compiles anything
>> else.
> The absence of an asd file in cl-asdf means that I cannot use Guix's
> cl-asdf in the manner describe above. The reason is because the existing
> ASDF (the one bundled in SBCL that was installed using Ubuntu's package
> manager) will not be able to find Guix's cl-asdf if cl-asdf doesn't have
> an *.asd file.
> I have tried Nix before, and Nix's "asdf" package includes an `asdf.asd`
> file. I am new to Guix. Am I missing anything?

So far the cl-asdf package in Guix is only used to update the ASDF
bundled in the sbcl, ecl, ccl and clisp packages, so that they all use
the same version of ASDF.

Instead of using 'require', it should work if you just load the file:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(load (merge-pathnames ".guix-profile/share/common-lisp/source/asdf/asdf.lisp"
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

Or you could use the sbcl from Guix instead of the Ubuntu one.

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