slime doesn't work with SBCL (& other Lisps?)

Bug #915807 reported by Colin Howarth on 2012-01-13
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
slime (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When attempting to start slime in Emacs (given a proper ~/.emacs file) one gets the error

; loading #P"/usr/share/common-lisp/source/slime/swank-loader.lisp"

debugger invoked on a SB-C::INPUT-ERROR-IN-COMPILE-FILE in thread #<THREAD "initial thread" RUNNING {AA65749}>:
   READ failure in COMPILE-FILE: SB-INT:SIMPLE-READER-PACKAGE-ERROR at 5611 (line 143, column 52)
     on #<SB-SYS:FD-STREAM for "file /usr/share/common-lisp/source/slime/swank-loader.lisp" {AA715E1}>:
   package "ASDF" not found

This error is similar to the one reported here:

The solution is to replace the directory /usr/share/common-lisp/source/slime with the slime directory you get when you check it out from the CVS (as outlined in the report just mentioned) using

cvs -d :pserver:anonymous:<email address hidden>:/project/slime/cvsroot co slime


My ~/.emacs file starts

(add-to-list 'load-path "/usr/share/common-lisp/source/slime/")
(setq inferior-lisp-program "/usr/bin/sbcl")
(require 'slime)

Ubuntu 11.10

colin@mbp:~$ apt-cache policy cl-swank
  Installed: 1:20100722-1
  Candidate: 1:20100722-1
  Version table:
 *** 1:20100722-1 0
        500 oneiric/universe i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in slime (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Marc Migge (marcmigge) wrote :

Overwriting the slime directory did not fix this for me. But adding

(require 'asdf)

to .sbclrc fixed it.

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