common-lisp Building Buildapp


Standalone Common Lisp binaries can be built with buildapp. Before we can use it to generate binaries, we need to install and build it.

The easiest way I know how is using quicklisp and a Common Lisp (this example uses [sbcl], but it shouldn't make a difference which one you've got).

$ sbcl

This is SBCL 1.3.5.nixos, an implementation of ANSI Common Lisp.
More information about SBCL is available at <>.

SBCL is free software, provided as is, with absolutely no warranty.
It is mostly in the public domain; some portions are provided under
BSD-style licenses.  See the CREDITS and COPYING files in the
distribution for more information.

* (ql:quickload :buildapp)
To load "buildapp":
  Load 1 ASDF system:
; Loading "buildapp"


* (buildapp:build-buildapp)
;; loading system "buildapp"
[undoing binding stack and other enclosing state... done]
[saving current Lisp image into /home/inaimathi/buildapp:
writing 4800 bytes from the read-only space at 0x20000000
writing 3216 bytes from the static space at 0x20100000
writing 47349760 bytes from the dynamic space at 0x1000000000

* (quit)

$ ls -lh buildapp 
-rwxr-xr-x 1 inaimathi inaimathi 46M Aug 13 20:12 buildapp

Once you have that binary built, you can use it to construct binaries of your Common Lisp programs. If you intend to do this a lot, you should also probably put it somewhere on your PATH so that you can just run it with buildapp from any directory.