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CLISP-LINK(1) Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu CLISP-LINK(1)

clisp-link - link a new external module to CLISP[1].

clisp-link [create] [module] [file...]

clisp-link [add] [source] [destination] [module...]

clisp-link [run] [source] [module...]

clisp-link [install] [module...]

This shell script operates on CLISP[1] module sets and linking sets:

creates new module sets out of source files

adds module sets to a linking set to produce a new linking set

runs CLISP[1] with module sets added

Only in CLISP[1] built without configure flag --without-dynamic-modules.

installs new module sets for general use


The command

$ clisp-link create module file ...

creates a module set in module directory which refers (via symbolic links) to files file... The files are expected to be modules of their own.


The command

$ clisp-link add source destination module ...

combines the linking set in directory source and the modules in directories module... to a new linking set, in the directory destination which is newly created.


The command

$ clisp-link run source module ...

runs the linking set in directory source, with the modules in directories module... Unless CLISP[1] has been built with the configuration option --without-dynamic-modules, the loading will be performed using SYS::DYNLOAD-MODULES. Otherwise - this is much slower - a temporary linking set will be created and deleted afterwards.


Only in CLISP[1] built without configure flag --without-dynamic-modules.

The command

$ clisp-link install module ...

installs the modules in directories module... into CUSTOM:*LIB-DIRECTORY* or, if it is not writable to the user (e.g., if a system-wide CLISP[1] installation is used and the user does not have administrative privileges), into CUSTOM:*USER-LIB-DIRECTORY*.

Variable CUSTOM:*USER-LIB-DIRECTORY* is initially set to (MERGE-PATHNAMES[2] ".clisp/" (USER-HOMEDIR-PATHNAME[3])) if that directory exists, and can be reset in the RC file.

Do not add CUSTOM:*USER-LIB-DIRECTORY* to CUSTOM:*LOAD-PATHS* or under any element thereof. Use REQUIRE instead of LOAD to load dynamic modules.

For this command to work, each module directory must contain a Makefile with a clisp-module-distrib target which uses LN to distribute the files necessary to run the module into destdir. This is in addition to the general requirement that is present.

See Section 32.2.6, “Example”.

clisp-link needs a “link kit” directory containing:



clisp-link expects to find these files in a subdirectory linkkit/ of the installation directory (i.e., CUSTOM:*LIB-DIRECTORY*) which it acquires by running

$ `dirname $0`/clisp -b

This can be overridden by the environment variable[4] CLISP_LINKKIT.

CLISP impnotes

Bruno Haible <>

The original author and long-time maintainer.

Michael Stoll <>

The original author.

Sam Steingold <>

Co-maintainer since 1998.


See COPYRIGHT (file in the CLISP sources) for the list of other contributors and the license.

Copyright © 1992-2010 Bruno Haible
Copyright © 1998-2010 Sam Steingold

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Last modified: 2020-06-22 CLISP 2.49.93+