An experimental chat irc-like

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Manoel Vilela


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Lisp Chat

An experimental chat irc-like written in Lisp.



Install [roswell][ros] and add ~/.roswell/bin/ to the PATH variable.

After that just type:

ros install ryukinix/lisp-chat

Lisp-chat it's on Quicklisp as well, tested on the following implementations:

  • SBCL
  • CCL
  • ECL


Load the server

$ lisp-chat-server localhost

Create a client

$ lisp-chat localhost

As alternative of localhost you can use which points to a lisp-chat server running in the port 5558.

Alternative clients

If you want test this and don't have the Lisp requested, I have those alternatives for you:

  • Terminal text-based python client
  • Terminal ncurses python client
  • Netcat client (wtf?)

On Python client, I wrote in a way only using ths stdlib avoiding pain to handle the dependency hell, so you can just call that:

$ python

So finally... netcat. Yes! You can even just use netcat! An user called Chris in past days just logged in the server with the following message:

|16:30:37| [Chris]: Used netcad
|16:30:41| [Chris]: netcat*
|16:30:50| [Chris]: bye

So you can type netcat 5558 and go on! I tested on my machine and works fine! The main reason is because the communication between server and client just use raw data. For better synchronization with text data from server while you typing, I suggest you to use a readline wrapper like rlwrap calling as rlwrap netcat 5558.

Dependencies (3)

  • bordeaux-threads
  • cl-readline
  • usocket

Dependents (0)

    • GitHub
    • Quicklisp