Using Gerbil with Nix
You can use Gerbil with the Nix package manager, and it will guarantee you that Gerbil is correctly built, in a deterministic way, on top of Gambit properly built with all the correct options.
Satisfactory Nix recipes for Gerbil were merged in nixpkgs starting in September 2017, and propagated to other branches from there. Updates will be upstreamed regularly, but if you care for the latest recipe, see this nixpkgs fork, branch
fare. Make sure your
NIX_PATH variable defines
nixpkgs=/path/to/checkout/of/nixpkgs and to consistently use
nix-env -f '<nixpkgs>' or
nix-shell '<nixpkgs>', etc. You may abstract this usage in shell (or gerbil) functions as appropriate. You can install it with
nix-env -f '<nixpkgs>' -iA gerbil and then get a REPL with
The recipe is being developed on Linux amd64. It is occasionally tested on Linux i686 and on macOS. It should work on all platforms supported by Nix, but might require tweaks on new or rare platforms. Please report successes and failures to us. Note that static linking of Gerbil programs is not currently well supported in Nix; fixing that will require updating the recipes for relevant libraries; at the same time, Nix makes static linking not necessary.
To compile using
gxc should work fine from within Nix recipes if you add
gambit and all the libraries you use to your package's
buildInputs. See the
pkgs.gerbil-support, as defined in
pkgs/development/compilers/gerbil/gerbil-support.nix in the latest nixpkgs, for functions to help you define packages for your Gerbil libraries, with
gerbil-utils as an example.
gxc interactively from the command-line outside a
nix-shell, you may use the script
gerbil-nix-env.sh from the Gerbil Clan, the free software collection of utilities.