[Openmcl-devel] "Binary" distributions

Gary Byers gb at clozure.com
Mon Feb 16 03:01:06 PST 2004

The fact that as many people have had similar difficulty with this for
as long as they have suggests that explaining things over and over
again on the web site isn't the right solution.  I'll try to package
the next release (or next patch release) as a self-contained archive.

On Sun, 15 Feb 2004, Peter Seibel wrote:

> Okay, now that I've gone back and read the web pages more carefully I
> understand what's going on.
> But let me offer a bit of friendly kibitzing: the use of the word
> "binary" to describe OpenMCL's binary archives is confusing to
> simple-minded people like me who have learned that when things are
> distributed in both source and binary form, the binary one is the one
> for end users who don't care about rebuilding from scratch, i.e. the
> one you can just grab and get up and running.
> On my way to trying out Bosco 0.5 I installed openmcl-0.14.1-p1. My
> first attempt was to grab the binary distribution which of course
> didn't work because none of the libraries such as OBJC-SUPPORT are
> available. Eventually I struggled my way through by tracking down the
> *module-search-path* and making symlinks from the directory where I
> had unpacked the binary distribution to my cvs tree. Which is of
> course totally going around my elbow to get to my thumb. (I also got
> hung up by the lack of interface database. But I've done that enough
> times that I at least recognize the problem now and say, "oh yeah,
> I've got to go grab the interface distribution too.")
> Anyway, I'm perfectly happy with OpenMCL--my attempts to connect to
> QuickTime are going great and I've got the beginnings of a
> ear-training program going. Now I just need to learn enough about
> Cocoa programming to put a whizzy gui on it. And now that I understand
> how things work, the next time I download a new release I'll probably
> not have quite so much trouble.
> But I thought you might want to know about the present-day user
> experience for someone who's not yet deeply immersed in the OpenMCL
> Way.
> -Peter
> --
> Peter Seibel                                      peter at javamonkey.com
>          Lisp is the red pill. -- John Fraser, comp.lang.lisp
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