Commit 4544d8db authored by Francois-Rene Rideau's avatar Francois-Rene Rideau

Update the README, notably to point to debian/changelog for release notes.

parent 9d011a40
......@@ -21,13 +21,13 @@ What is ASDF?
ASDF is the de facto standard build facility for Common Lisp.
If you come from the C/C++ world, the function ASDF covers a bit of what
each of Make, autoconf, Make, dlopen and libc do for C programs:
each of make, autoconf, dlopen and libc do for C programs:
it orchestrates the compilation and dependency management,
handles some of the portability issues, dynamically finds and loads code,
and offers some portable system access.
Except everything is different in Common Lisp, and ultimately much simpler,
though it requires acquiring some basic concepts;
notably, ASDF tries to make it all happen in the current Lisp image.
though it requires acquiring some basic concepts.
Importantly, ASDF builds all software in the current Lisp image.
To use ASDF, read our manual::
......@@ -38,6 +38,11 @@ will get you started as a simple user.
If you want to define your own systems, further read the section
Defining systems with defsystem.
The manual is also in the doc/ subdirectory, and can be prepared with::
make doc
ASDF 3 now includes an extensive runtime support library:
UIOP, the Utilities for Implementation- and OS- Portability.
Its documentation unhappily lies mainly in the source code and docstrings.
......@@ -66,10 +71,18 @@ Debugging tip
To load ASDF in such a way that M-. will work, install the source code, and run::
(asdf:load-system :uiop) ;; for uiop
(map () 'load ;; for asdf/defsystem
(asdf:load-system :uiop) ;; loading uiop is simple
(map () 'load ;; loading asdf/defsystem is tricky
(mapcar 'asdf:component-pathname
(asdf::required-components :asdf/defsystem :keep-component 'asdf:cl-source-file)))
Last updated Wednesday, January 31st, 2014.
What has changed?
You can consult the debian/changelog for an overview of the
significant changes in each release, and
the git log for a detailed description of each commit.
Last updated Wednesday, March 13th, 2014.
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