[Openmcl-devel] Changing the REPL

Duane Ryan bailey.d.r at gmail.com
Mon Dec 3 00:55:37 UTC 2007


Hi OpenMCL users.
I'm a new lisp user, a transfer from ruby, and so far I love it; it changes
the way I program, and it is BLAZING fast. (especially compared to, say,
ruby or python).

Still, one thing really annoys me: the repl. First of all, I'd like to
change the prompt. Minor thing, and I can always recompile my customization
easier (I'd just like a way to do that at runtime.) Second, I want readline
support. I know its license conflicts with openmcl's, but what about
editline? Heck, it's even built into os x!

Anyway, I'd like to change that. So what I am doing at the moment is
spawning a new process whose io streams are controlled via two ptys, and do
read/editline support that way. But that seems such a large hack, especially
when I feel it could be so easily implemented. So, short of implementing
readline functionality, could the source be modified so the user can?

Thanks much, Duane.
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