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File Date Author Commit
internals 2012-07-11 Lutz Euler Lutz Euler [2273f3] Correct the info directory entry in sbcl-intern...
internals-notes 2010-03-21 Juho Snellman Juho Snellman [bb311d] Update release checklist
manual 2012-08-12 Lutz Euler Lutz Euler [af1b96] Add a section about random number generation to...
.cvsignore 2003-11-26 William Harold Newman William Harold Newman [d1b347]
FOR-CMUCL-DEVELOPERS 2000-09-18 William Harold Newman William Harold Newman [a530bb] Initial revision
GIT-FOR-SBCL-HACKERS.txt 2008-09-24 Nikodemus Siivola Nikodemus Siivola [fdbbe7] small FIND fix & win32 build fix 2011-06-06 Nikodemus Siivola Nikodemus Siivola [bf5163] A git-only SBCL workflow
PACKAGING-SBCL.txt 2011-06-06 Nikodemus Siivola Nikodemus Siivola [bf5163] A git-only SBCL workflow
README 2008-01-10 William Harold Newman William Harold Newman [7ea27d] text tweaks 2004-10-28 Christophe Rhodes Christophe Rhodes [10047f] 2003-11-26 Kevin Rosenberg Kevin Rosenberg [3c5c2c] 2010-09-21 Nikodemus Siivola Nikodemus Siivola [f13a53] disable split html manual building
sbcl-asdf-install.1 2005-08-03 Juho Snellman Juho Snellman [58d2fc]
sbcl.1 2011-12-06 Nikodemus Siivola Nikodemus Siivola [f0da2f] redesign exiting SBCL

Read Me

SBCL is -- ahem! -- imperfectly documented. What can we say? Help with
documentation might not be refused.:-)

There is a Unix man page, sbcl.1.

There is a user manual in texinfo format, in doc/manual/. (In
binary distributions, the compiled-into-HTML translations are also

Much of the documentation for supported extensions is in their Lisp
doc strings. For example, to find out how to use the SAVE-LISP-AND-DIE
function in the SB-EXT package, you can execute
  (documentation 'sb-ext:save-lisp-and-die 'function)
  (describe 'sb-ext:save-lisp-and-die)
in SBCL.

The user manual is incomplete, and some of its chapters are just notes
that "this is similar to chapter such-and-such of the CMU CL user
manual". The old CMU CL documentation can still be useful both for
missing chapters of the user manual and for documentation of the
internals of the system. It can be downloaded from