The Interactive Gerbil Shell
The interactive shell that you get when you run gxi is a larger environment than the Gerbil core language. It imports the
:gerbil/gambit prelude and also provides some functionality that is mainly useful for interactive development.
Interactive Development Macros
These macros are only available in the interactive shell.
(reload module-path ...)
Reloads the module given by the module path and then imports the freshly reloaded module. The module path is the same as you would use in a import form; a string will reload a source loaded module while a library module path will reload a compiled module as applicable in the load path. Top defined modules are ignored.
Starts a repl using the syntactic context of a given module, which is first evaluated.
@expand and @expand1
(@expand form) (@expand1 form)
These two macros perform macro expansion, pretty print the result, and return the expanded syntax for inspection. The difference lies in the function used to perform the expansion.
@expand uses core-expand* which expands until the outer form is a core macro.
@expand1 uses core-expand1 which performs a single step expansion.
macro-expand and macro-expand1
(macro-expand quoted-form) (macro-expand1 quoted-form)
Procedural forms of
Customizing the Interactive Shell
Whenever gxi is run interactively, after loading and initializing the runtime and expander, it loads the library interactive initialization file
$GERBIL_HOME/lib/init.ss (source: init.ss) which greets the user, imports the
:gerbil/gambit prelude module and provides the interactive development forms documented above.
After loading the library initialization file, gxi checks for a user specific interactive initialization file. If the file
~/.gerbil/init.ss exists, then it is loaded in the top (interaction) environment. This allows you to customize your interactive Gerbil shell.
Here is a small example
~/.gerbil/init.ss that provides useful functionality:
;;; -*- Gerbil -*- ;; add your work environment's source tree to the load path (add-load-path "/path/to/your/gerbil/project/src") ;; only useful if you intend to do core Gerbil development ;; (add-load-path (path-expand "src" (getenv "GERBIL_HOME"))) ;; import your personal gerbil libraries (import :my/stuff :more/of/my/stuff)
These files are only loaded when no argument is passed to gxi.
To read those initialization files while passing arguments to gxi, you can have these arguments