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Mark Kantrowitz sent me the following. I'd like Blaine to pick this up,
torture it a bit, and if it's not obviously busted, stick it in the
Lisp library. Some of us might even want to use this, given the number of
different systems being built.
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I recently updated my defsystem macro to have a lot more features and
to be Common Lisp portable. [I started writing it for work I was
doing at MIT before I came here, and updated it for use in the OZ
It does a topological sort of the DAG, uses nice defaults, and gives
the user lots of options on what gets compiled/loaded.
I've used it in CMU Common Lisp, Allegro CL (PMAX and vax), and
Allegro/Coral CL (Macintosh). It's at least as powerful as the System
Construction Tool on Symbolics Lispm's.
My advisor suggested I send you mail about it in case you would be
interested in including it with CMU Common Lisp.
If you're interested, source is in /afs/cs/user/mkant/Defsystem/defsystem.lisp
and some notes on how to use it in
A couple of people in the MIT AI Lab and Lincoln Laboratory are using
it. A good example of a real system that uses it is in
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