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CMUCL is a free, high performance implementation of the Common Lisp
programming language which runs on most major Unix platforms. It
mainly conforms to the ANSI Common Lisp standard. CMUCL provides a
sophisticated native code compiler; a powerful foreign function
interface; an implementation of CLOS; the Common Lisp Object System;
which includes multimethods; a metaobject protocol; a source-level
debugger and code profiler; and an Emacs-like editor implemented in
Common Lisp. CMUCL is maintained by a team of volunteers collaborating
over the Internet, and is mostly in the public domain.

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Here is a summary of its main features:

* support for **static arrays** that are never moved by GC but are
  properly removed when no longer referenced.
* **Unicode** support, including many of the most common external
  formats such as UTF-8 and support for handling Unix, DOS, and
  Mac end-of-line schemes.
* native **double-double floats** including complex double-double
  floats and specialized arrays for double-double floats and and
  complex double-double floats that give approximately 106 bits
  (32 digits) of precision.
* a **sophisticated native-code compiler** which is capable of
  powerful type inferences, and generates code competitive in
  speed with C compilers.
* **generational garbage collection** on all supported
* **multiprocessing capability** on the x86 ports.
* a foreign function interface which allows interfacing with C code
  and system libraries, including shared libraries on most platforms,
  and direct access to Unix system calls.
* support for interprocess communication and remote procedure calls.
* an implementation of CLOS, the [Common Lisp Object
  which includes multimethods and a metaobject protocol.
* a graphical source-level debugger using a Motif interface, and a
  code profiler.
* an interface to the X11 Window System (CLX), and a sophisticated
  graphical widget library ([Garnet](,
  available separately).
* programmer-extensible input and output streams ([Gray
* an Emacs-like editor,
  [Hemlock](, implemented in
  Common Lisp.
* **freely redistributable**: free, with full source code (most of
  which is in the public domain) and no strings attached (and no
  warranty). Like the GNU/Linux and *BSD operating systems, CMUCL is
  maintained and improved by a team of volunteers collaborating over
  the Internet.

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