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ANSI Common Lisp is a high-level, general-purpose programming language. GNU CLISP is a Common Lisp implementation by Bruno Haible of Karlsruhe University and Michael Stoll of Munich University, both in Germany. It mostly supports the Lisp described in the ANSI Common Lisp standard. It runs on most GNU and Unix systems (GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Tru64, HP-UX, BeOS, IRIX, AIX, Mac OS X and others) and on other systems and needs only 4 MB of RAM. The user interface comes in English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian and Danish, and can be changed during run time. GNU CLISP includes an interpreter, a compiler, a debugger, CLOS, MOP, a foreign language interface, a socket interface, i18n, fast bignums, arbitrary precision floats and more. An X11 interface is available through CLX, Garnet, CLUE/CLIO. GNU CLISP runs Maxima, ACL2 and many other Common Lisp packages.


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GPLv2Kelly Hopkins12 July 2010

Leaders and contributors

Bruno Haible Maintainer
Sam Steingold Maintainer
Joerg Hoehle Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Support Mailing List Info/Archive
Support Newsgroup comp.lang.lisp
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Help Newsgroup comp.os.linux.announce
Bug Tracking Homepage
Help Mailing List Info/Archive
Developer Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite GNU gettext
Weak prerequisite GNU readline
Weak prerequisite GNU libiconv
Required to build GNU libsigsegv

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 June 2008.


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