Subject: Re: Why does the SBCL REPL suck so bad?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 20:10:13 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Alex Mizrahi <> wrote:
| i admit that SBCL developers might have there reasons not to include 
| readline-style REPL -- licensing issues, "why bother" argument or whatever, 
| but it really sucks from _user_ perspective.

CMUCL has the same type of "basic" REPL as SBCL, and I've never had
a problem getting large amounts of code written/tested with it...
and I don't even use Emacs!!  ;-}

As others have advised you, do your input editing in an *editor*
[which one really doesn't matter], and then "send" (with Emacs/Slime)
or "copy/paste" (with "vi", say) the forms into your REPL. It's *easy*!


p.s. GNU "readline()" is *not* a panacea for Lisp REPL input!!
See <> for just
a few reasons why it probably can't ever be.

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