I'd like to install above recommended Common Lisp package. What is the best routine to install it on Ubuntu?

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As I went through the process, I'll sumarize the complete install routine for above recommended Common LISP configuration:

Fire up a terminal:

Install Emacs (IDE):

sudo apt-get install emacs

Install SBCL (Compiler):

sudo apt-get install sbcl

Install Quicklisp (Quicklisp is a library manager for Common Lisp.)

This is done by copy-and-pasting all bold commands in the grey box here: https://www.quicklisp.org/

Install SLIME by using Qucklisp: In the terminal run SBCL:


(ql:quickload "quicklisp-slime-helper")


SBCL will warn you about having to edit your ~/.emacs file. Do not ignore it

Now inside Emacs to start SLIME type:

M-x slime

Which is Alt+x slime.

Now you're ready to play with LISP.

Some useful Emacs packages (plugins for Emacs) that were recommended to me are: Paredit, auto-complete and smartparens

Hope this is of help for anyone.

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Use the Synaptics package manager. First search for EMACS and mark for installation. Then do the same for slime. Run the installation and not only is emacs installed but so is slime.

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