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Erudite is a Literate Programming System for Common Lisp


  • Interactive development. No tangling phase in which code is extracted from documentation. Documentation is written in Common Lisp comments. This allows for incremental development: you can load your code, work from SLIME, etc, directly, as in any other Lisp project.

  • Multiple syntaxes. Multiple type of literate syntax are supported. It is possible to choose from the default Erudite syntax, or use plain Latex or Sphinx syntax, and potentially others.

  • Multiple outputs. Like Latex, Sphinx, Markdown, HTML, etc.

  • Automatic indexing and cross-references.

  • A command line interface.

  • It is portable. You can compile and use in several CL systems (has been tested on SBCL, CCL, CLISP, ECL, so far)


Run make to build erudite command line if you want to run it from there, and then sudo make install to install.

Usage: erudite [-hvd] [+vd] [OPTIONS] FILES...

Erudite is a Literate Programming System for Common Lisp
  -h, --help                  Print this help and exit.
  --version                   Print Erudite version
  -(+)v, --verbose[=yes/no]   Run in verbose mode
                              Fallback: yes
                              Default: no
                              Environment: VERBOSE
  -(+)d, --debug[=on/off]     Turn debugging on or off.
                              Fallback: on
                              Default: off
                              Environment: DEBUG
  -(+)id, --implicit-doc[=yes/no] Treat all comments as documentation
                              Fallback: yes
                              Default: yes
  -(+)ic, --implicit-code[=yes/no] Include all code in documentation
                              Fallback: yes
                              Default: yes
  -o, --output=OUTPUT         The output file. If none is used, result is 
                              printed to stdout
  --output-type=OUTPUT-TYPE   The output type. One of 'latex', 
                              Default: latex
  --syntax=SYNTAX             The syntax used in source files. One of 'erudite',
                              'latex', 'sphinx', 'markdown'
                              Default: erudite
  --author=AUTHOR             The author to appear in the document
  --title=TITLE               The document title

Or run it from lisp, using the erudite function described below.

To build erudite own documentation, run make under the doc directory:

make pdf
make sphinx-pdf
make sphinx-html
make markdown

Look at the doc directory for output examples.



(pathname files &rest args &key (output-type *output-type*)
          (syntax *syntax*) &allow-other-keys)

Processes literate lisp files and creates a document.

  • pathname: Pathname of the file to generate
  • files: Literate lisp files to compile
  • args: All sort of options passed to the generation functions
  • output-type: The kind of document to generate. One of :latex, :sphinx, :markdown Default: :latex
  • syntax: The kind of syntax used in the literate source files. One of: :erudite, :latex, :sphinx, :markdown. Default: :erudite


Mariano Montone <>