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Re: [Gcl-devel] Building without compiling

From: James Amundson
Subject: Re: [Gcl-devel] Building without compiling
Date: 06 Jun 2002 08:39:03 -0500

On Wed, 2002-06-05 at 19:28, Camm Maguire wrote:
> Greetings!  For the purposes of troubleshooting/debugging, is there
> anyway to build maxima without compiling the lisp into .o, but rather
> just loading the code into the interpreter and running a slow 'make
> test'?  

Yes and no. You can easily ask defsystem to just load your system
instead of compiling it. From the maxima/src directory:

GCL (GNU Common Lisp)  Version(2.5.0) Tue Mar 26 12:27:54 CST 2002
Licensed under GNU Library General Public License
Contains Enhancements by W. Schelter

>(load "../lisp-utils/defsystem.lisp")

Loading ../lisp-utils/defsystem.lisp
Warning: REQUIRE is being redefined.
Finished loading ../lisp-utils/defsystem.lisp

>(setq mk::*load-source-instead-of-binary* t)


>(mk:operate-on-system "maxima" :load :verbose t)


The resulting operation will go on for a while, then fail:

;    - Loading module "commands" 
;      - Loading source file "comm.lisp" 
Loading comm.lisp

Error: The function MAKE-UNSPECIAL is undefined.
Fast links are on: do (si::use-fast-links nil) for debugging
Error signalled by PROGN.
Broken at PROGN.  Type :H for Help.
Loading /home/amundson/notwork/maxima/maxima/src/maxima.system

The use of (eval-when ...) in the code implies that modifying maxima to
load without compiling could be complicated. I think you would be better
off loading single files you might be interested in instead of trying to
avoid compiling the entire system.

> Preferably with maxima-5.6?

I am of no help for earlier versions of maxima.


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