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Jeremy Gow, 2013-04-30 10:10 AM

Installing IDyOM


Many people find Emacs with Slime useful for Common Lisp development. Package management systems can simplify the installation of these prerequisites, e.g. Fink or Macports for OS X.

See the CLSQL Manual for information on other database systems you can use and how to access them from Common Lisp. If you prefer not to use Quicklisp, you will need to install the following Lisp libraries: UFFI, CLSQL, CL-PPCRE, PS-Graph, Midi

Install Quicklisp

First download quicklisp.lisp to a directory DIR_A. You can then install Quicklisp to another directory of your choice DIR_B:

(load "/DIR_A/quicklisp.lisp")
(quicklisp-quickstart:install :path "/DIR_B/quicklisp/")

Use the full pathnames for both directories (Lisp doesn't interpret shell substitutions like ~ for the home directory).

See the Quicklisp website for documentation about other features of Quicklisp.

Download IDyOM

Download the following Lisp libraries, and unzip them into DIR/quicklisp/local-projects/

The local-projects directory should now contain six subdirectories, one for each library.

Removing previous installations: If you have any previous installations of these libraries, you would do well to remove them, especially if they are in folders such as '~/.local' which are automatically scanned by asdf/quicklisp. You may also want to clear the corresponding entries from asdf:*central-registry* in your .sbclrc file, should any exist.

Set *idyom-root*

IDyOM requires the global variable *idyom-root* be set to a suitable working directory, where it stores models, cross-validation settings, cached results etc. By default, this is a directory called 'idyom' in your home directory. Alternatively, you can customise the location by setting the variable *idyom-root* to point to the desired directory by including the following in your .sbclrc file, located in your home directory (you must restart SBCL for this to take effect):

(defvar *idyom-root* "/FULL/PATH/TO/WORKING/DIR/")

However you configure this, you must ensure that the directory exists (create it if it doesn't) and you will also need to create three directories below *idyom-root* for IDyOM to use: *idyom-root*/data/cache/, data/models/ and data/resampling/.

Install IDyOM

You can now use Quicklisp to install IDyOM:

(ql:quickload "idyom")

This will also install the third-party Lisp libraries IDyOM depends on.

(If you get an error which brings up the debugger, press 2 [ACCEPT] and the installation should complete.)

Create a database

IDyOM is now installed, but you will need a database in order to use it. For example, to create an SQLite database called 'example.db' in directory DIR:

(clsql:connect '("DIR/example.db") :if-exists :old :database-type :sqlite3)

Alternatively, to connect to an existing local MySQL database:
(clsql:connect '("localhost" "example-database" "username" "password") :if-exists :old :database-type :mysql)

See the CLSQL documentation for more on connect and supported databases.

Finally, for a new database:


You may now proceed to the tutorial.

Problems loading foreign libraries

Depending on how your system is configured, clsql:connect may give a "Couldn't load foreign libraries" error. In this case, you
need to tell CLSQL where it can find these libraries, e.g.

(clsql:push-library-path "/usr/local/mysql/lib/")

The exact path will depend on your system. Note that, for some database installations these libraries may not have been installed, and you should consult the database documentation.

Create a startup script [optional]

Every time you start IDyOM, you will need to connect to the database. You may find it easier to combine all the startup commands in a single script, e.g.

(ql:quickload "idyom")
(clsql:push-library-path "/usr/local/mysql/lib/")
(defun connect-example ()
  (clsql:connect '("DIR/example.db") :if-exists :old :database-type :sqlite3))