Related project: sbcl-win32-threads
September 16, 2010
For some time I wasn’t making much progress with cl-gtk2 (though I have plans to improve it) because I’ve been busy with adding native threads support for SBCL on Windows that are necessary for developing cross-platform GUI applications with SBCL and cl-gtk2. Threads are pretty much working right now and I’m now asking to test and evaluate it. The sources are available at http://github.com/dmitryvk/sbcl-win32-threads and the binary installer is available at https://sites.google.com/site/dmitryvksite/sbcl-distr/sbcl-1.0.40-threads-2.msi.
There are still some I/O issues waiting to be resolved that affect threads (Win32 is quite weird when it comes to I/O). Lucky for me, Anton Kovalenko made improvements in SBCL’s I/O for Win32.
cl-gtk2 seems to work in multithreaded SBCL on Windows (though I didn’t test it a lot). There is an issue that affects cl-gtk2: loading it from the SLIME REPL hangs during initialization of Gtk+ due to some deadlock in windows’ C runtime – you’ll just have to enter anything in SLIME’s *inferior-lisp* buffer to unhang it. Hopefully, this will be resolved with help from Anton Kovalenko.