Wow, thank you so much for figuring all of that out. I tried to make the changes you suggested, and I'm still running into errors, but I'm not sure I have the exact version of str that you do, so I imagine that is the reason. I was able to make a build with a different package ("vector") and it worked fine. Who would have guessed it was a package I was using?

I think I will talk to the str developers upstream and let them know ecl won't MAKE-BUILD with it. In the meantime, I may implement the functions I used from str myself, or embed a source code file from str with just the functions I need, depending on the license of str.

Thank you very much for your help,
Brandon Hale

On 2/10/23 14:36, Daniel Kochmański wrote:
I think that you should not call quickload in the package file. ASDF should solve depenencies based on a sole (ql:quickload 'cl-i3).

I've tried to reproduce your issue and I've succeeded. After quick investigation it seems that the system cl-str expects that its
source code will be available to asdf at any time (even after the compilation). The offensive line is this:

cl-str-20221106-git/str.lisp:144:(defvar +version+ (asdf:component-version (asdf:find-system "str")))

Basically it is as if you were expecting that both make and linux source code are both available at startup.

If you replace this line to maintain some reasonable sanity it will look like this:
(defvar +version+ #.(asdf:component-version (asdf:find-system "str")))

Another issue with this system is that it does not declare dependencies on "uiop" and "asdf" despite using both. str.asd
should have

:depends-on (:cl-ppcre

note the last two lines. With that the following builds and runs without a hitch:

(in-package #:asdf-user)
(asdf:defsystem "brandon"
  :name "brandon"
  :depends-on ("str")
  :components ((:file "main")))

(defpackage #:brandon
  (:use #:cl))
(in-package #:brandon)

(defun main (str)
  (format t "Hello ~a!~%" str))

build.lisp (not part of the system):
(in-package #:cl-user)

;;; Make the system recognizable by ASDF
(asdf:load-asd "brandon.asd")

;;; Pull dependencies and load macros
(asdf:load-system "brandon")

;;; Build the program (shared object)
(asdf:make-build "brandon" :type :program
                           :move-here "./brandon.out")

(asdf:make-build "brandon" :type :program
                           :monolithic t
                           :move-here ".")


note that if you don't want repl then probably you want to add (progn (main "HI") (ext:quit)) in the epilogue code.

Best regards,

p.s if you feel like it you may make issues in cl-str repository bugtracker.

Daniel Kochmański ;; aka jackdaniel | Przemyśl, Poland
TurtleWare - Daniel Kochmański      |

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

------- Original Message -------
On Friday, February 10th, 2023 at 20:02, Brandon Hale <> wrote:

Maybe I should get my project up in a repo, but it looks like I have the dependency listed. Here is my package's .asd named cl-i3.asd:

(asdf:defsystem #:cl-i3
  :name "cl-i3"
  :description "A replacement for i3status written in Common Lisp."
  :author "Brandon Hale <>"
  :license "GPLv3"
  :version "1.0"
  :depends-on (#:cl-ansi-text #:trivial-battery #:str)
  :components ((:file "main")))

And the top portion of my main.lisp:

(ql:quickload :trivial-battery)
(ql:quickload :str)
;; allows for colors to be printed
(ql:quickload :cl-ansi-text)
(defpackage :cl-i3
  (:use #:common-lisp))

I am definitely not an expert on Common Lisp packages, but this does load up in slime on my machine when I do a

(ql:quickload :cl-i3)

with ecl 21.2.1-3 from Arch Linux.

I need to look at the well-commented example again to see what I'm doing wrong methinks.

Brandon Hale

On 2/10/23 01:07, Daniel Kochmański wrote:
Hello Brandon,

------- Original Message -------
On Friday, February 10th, 2023 at 00:20, Brandon Hale <> wrote:

Hello all,

I apologize if this is either the wrong place to get help with ecl, or if this is asked all of the time.
this is the right place, don't worry :)

I've written a small replacement for i3status with common lisp and want to use ecl to make a binary so when i3wm loads, it just loads the cl-i3status binary. I've looked at the ecl documentation online and it suggests doing something like this:

(ql:quickload :cl-i3)

(asdf:make-build :cl-i3

                 :type :program

                 :move-here #P"/home/brandon/Programming/lisp/cl-i3/"

                 :prologue-code '(require 'asdf))

So, I run this and the binary appears. However, when I try to run it, I get this output:

;;; Loading #P"/usr/lib/ecl-21.2.1/asdf.fas"
;;; Computing Hangul syllable names
Condition of type: MISSING-COMPONENT
Component "str" not found

Available restarts:

1. (RETRY) Retry ASDF operation.
2. (CLEAR-CONFIGURATION-AND-RETRY) Retry ASDF operation after resetting the configuration.

Top level in: #<process TOP-LEVEL 0x557ade1c2f80>.

I imagine it is just because of my use of quicklisp packages, but how do I compile the packages into the binary?
this error message seems to suggest that you use a system "str" without declaring it in dependencies. In your
project file my-project.asd add

(defsystem "my-project"
  :depends-on (... "str")

depending on what you want from your project you may not need (require 'asdf) in the prologue code. Also you
may consider passing :monolithic t flag to make-build.

Make sure that you study well-commented example in ecl source repository under examples/asdf_with_dependence/.

Last but not least make sure that you use the latest release (currently it is 21.2.1) or a build from the branch
"develop" if you are not afraid of cutting your self on the bleeding edge ;).

If none of these advises helps then please try to minimize the test case to the minimum (basically an asd system
with a singly stub file and all dependencies you need) and make an issue ticket on gitlab

mind that such action requires registration on the gitlab platform.

Thank you very much for any help you can offer,

Brandon Hale
Best regards,

Daniel Kochmański ;; aka jackdaniel | Przemyśl, Poland
TurtleWare - Daniel Kochmański      |

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi