Warning: This software is still ALPHA quality. The APIs will be likely to change.
# "qlfile" of "myapp" git clack https://github.com/fukamachi/clack.git github datafly fukamachi/datafly :branch v0.7.x ql log4cl 2014-03-17
;; Installing libraries project-locally. (qlot:install :myapp) ;; Loading a project with its project-local quicklisp. (qlot:quickload :myapp) ;; Updating depending libraries of a project. (qlot:update :myapp)
What qlot is trying to solve
We have Quicklisp, the central library registry. It made installation of libraries damn easy.
However, what only you can specify is the month of distribution. Which means you have to use all libraries of the same moment and you cannot use a newer/older version of a library for your project.
"local-projects/" or ASDF configurations may be a solution to this problem, but there are a couple of problems.
They are not project-local. If you have multiple projects that use the different version of the same library, it would be a problem.
They are difficult to fix the version or to update them. If your project need to work on other than your machine, for instance on other people's machine or on servers, the version of depending libraries should be the same.
This is what qlot is trying to solve.
As qlot is going to be included in Quicklisp dist in August 2014, you can install it through Quicklisp.
It also can be installed with Roswell.
$ ros install qlot # Install from a local copy $ ros -l qlot.asd install qlot
It's almost the same as using Quicklisp, except it also introduces a shell command "qlot".
$ which qlot /Users/nitro_idiot/.roswell/bin/qlot $ qlot Usage: qlot [install | update | bundle | exec shell-args..]
Put a file "qlfile" at the root of your project directory.
See qlfile syntax section to know how to write it.
Installation of libraries
You can install libraries into the project directory via:
quicklisp/ directory in the project directory and a file
qlfile.lock is similar to
qlfile except the library versions are qualified. This will ensure that other developers or your deployment environment use exactly the same versions of libraries you just installed.
Make sure you add
qlfile.lock to your version controlled repository and make the
quicklisp/ directory ignored.
$ echo quicklisp/ >> .gitignore $ git add qlfile qlfile.lock $ git commit -m 'Start using qlot.'
Loading your application
To load your qlot-ready application, use
qlot:quickload instead of
Executing forms with project-local Quicklisp
qlot:quickload loads a project with its project-local Quicklisp, the Quicklisp path will be restored to the default one after that.
This could cause significant problem if your application loads other libraries during run-time.
For example, Clack loads a server handler when executing
clackup and, the important part is, it loads with the system default Quicklisp, not the project-local one.
To prevent the mess, wrap all code which would load other libraries in run-time with
(qlot:with-local-quicklisp :myapp (clack:clackup *app* :server :wookie))
Updating the project-local quicklisp
You can update the content of
quicklisp/ directory via:
It will also overwrite
You can bundle all depending libraries by
$ git add bundle-libs/ $ git commit -m 'Bundle dependencies.'
qlot:install will install Quicklisp and libraries that declared in
qlfile.lock will be used with precedence if it exists.
(qlot:install :myapp) (qlot:install #P"/path/to/myapp/") (qlot:install #P"/path/to/myapp/my-qlfile")
qlot:update will update the project-local
quicklisp/ directory using
(qlot:update :myapp) (qlot:update #P"/path/to/myapp/") (qlot:update #P"/path/to/myapp/my-qlfile")
qlot:bundle will bundle dependencies into
bundle-libs/ by using
(qlot:bundle :myapp) (qlot:bundle #P"/path/to/myapp/")
qlot:quickload is similar to
ql:quickload except it uses its project-local
Eval the given form in the local quicklisp environment.
(qlot:with-local-quicklisp :myapp (ql:quickload :dexador))
"qlfile" is a collection of Quicklisp dist declarations. Each line of that represents a dist.
<source> <project name> [arg1, arg2..]
<source> must be one of
ql <project name> <version> ql <project name> :latest ql :all <version>
ql source will download libraries from Quicklisp official dist, but you can specify the version.
If you want to use Clack in Quicklisp dist of January 13, 2014, qlfile would be like this.
ql clack 2014-01-13
ql source also allows
<dist name> and
:latest as the version.
ql :all 2014-01-13 ql clack :latest
http <project name> <url> [<file md5>]
http source will download a tarball.
http yason http://netzhansa.com/yason.tar.gz
git <project name> <repos url> git <project name> <repos url> :ref <commit ref> git <project name> <repos url> :branch <branch name> git <project name> <repos url> :tag <tag name>
git source will download libraries from a public git repository.
git clack https://github.com/fukamachi/clack.git
You can also specify
git clack https://github.com/fukamachi/clack.git :branch develop git datafly https://github.com/fukamachi/datafly.git :tag v0.7.4 git cl-dbi https://github.com/fukamachi/cl-dbi.git :ref 54928984e5756e92ba298aae51de8b95a6b0cf4b
Retrieving from private repository
Qlot doesn't have authentication feature, however, retrieving from private repository can be done via git's SSH key authentication.
git myapp firstname.lastname@example.org:somewrite-adtech/myapp
github <project name> <repos> github <project name> <repos> :ref <commit ref> github <project name> <repos> :branch <branch name> github <project name> <repos> :tag <tag name>
github source is similar to
git, but it is specifically for GitHub. As it uses GitHub API and tarballs GitHub serves, it doesn't require "git" command.
github datafly fukamachi/datafly github datafly fukamachi/datafly :branch develop
Priorities of distributions
If multiple distributions provide the same library, lower one would take priority over higher ones.
- Eitaro Fukamachi (email@example.com)
Copyright (c) 2014 Eitaro Fukamachi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Licensed under the MIT License.
- Eitaro Fukamachi