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Scheme layer

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1. Description

This layer adds support for Scheme via Geiser. Note that combined usage of racket-mode and geiser has not been tested.

1.1. Features:

  • Support the Scheme compiler Chicken
  • Support for the extension language platform Guile
  • Structurally safe editing using optional evil-cleverparens

2. Install

To use this configuration layer, add it to your ~/.spacemacs. You will need to add scheme to the existing dotspacemacs-configuration-layers list in this file.

Additionally, before geiser can be used with a scheme implementation, support for the implementation must be enabled by adding its name to the list of scheme-implementations. It is recommended to set the value of the list directly in the dotspacemacs-configuration-layers list as shown in the following example for guile and racket:

'((scheme :variables
           scheme-implementations '(guile racket)))

Currently support is available for the following scheme implementations: chez, chibi, chicken, gambit, gauche, guile, kawa, mit and racket.

Finally, to use a scheme implementation its binary must be available in your PATH (or you can manually set the location of the binary as explained in this section of the geiser documentation).

The following subsection shows how to install Chicken scheme and activate geiser support.

2.1. Install Chicken scheme example

First add chicken to the list of scheme-implementations as explained above.

For full Chicken support, the following commands should be run:

$ chicken-install -s apropos chicken-doc
$ cd `csi -p '(chicken-home)'`
$ curl | sudo tar zx

Note: Chicken 5 does not have chicken-home imported by default, so the command for changing to that directory can be accomplished with this:

$ cd `csi -b -e "(import (chicken platform))" -p "(chicken-home)"`

Note: Chicken 5 also requires SRFI-18

$ chicken-install -s srfi-18

Additionally, as of 2018-12-12 there is a naming conflict in some of the Linux package repos:

# Chicken had csc and csi first, but then mono introduced a conflict and
# does not seem to want to change this. OpenBSD renamed csc and csi to
# chicken-csc and chicken-csi 2018-12-12.

You may need to modify the csi command accordingly. If the name of the REPL binary on your system is chicken-csi, you will also need to add

(setq geiser-chicken-binary "chicken-csi")

to your dotspacemacs/user-config in order for the REPL to start in spacemacs.

3. Structurally safe editing

This layer adds support for evil-cleverparens which allows to safely edit lisp code by keeping the s-expressions balanced.

By default this mode is not activated. You can turn it on locally on the active buffer with SPC m T s (s for safe).

To turn it on automatically for all scheme buffers call the following function in your dotspacemacs/user-config function:


or to enable it for all supported modes:


When enabled the symbol 🆂 should be displayed in the mode-line.

4. Key bindings

4.1. Compiling

Key binding Description
SPC m c c Compile current buffer
SPC m c p Add directory to load path
Key binding Description
SPC m g d Goto Definition
SPC m g b Go Back
SPC m g m Goto Module
SPC m g n Goto next error
SPC m g N Goto previous error

4.3. Documentation

Key binding Description
SPC m h h Docs for symbol at point
SPC m h d Look up manual entry for symbol at point
SPC m h m Display exports for module
SPC m h < Display callers
SPC m h > Display callees

4.4. Insertion

Key binding Description
SPC m i l Insert Lambda

4.5. Macroexpansion

Key binding Description
SPC m m e Macroexpand last sexp
SPC m m f Macroexpand surrounding sexp
SPC m m r Macroexpand region

4.6. REPL interaction

Key binding Description
SPC m s i Start or switch to the REPL
SPC m s s Select Scheme implementation
SPC m s b Send buffer to the REPL
SPC m s B Send buffer to the REPL and focus it
SPC m s f Send definition to the REPL
SPC m s F Send definition to the REPL and focus it
SPC m s e Send last sexp to the REPL
SPC m s r Send region to the REPL
SPC m s R Send region to the REPL and focus it

4.7. Evaluation

Key binding Description
SPC m e b Evaluate the whole buffer
SPC m e e Evaluate last sexp
SPC m e f Evaluate current function
SPC m e l Evaluate line
SPC m e r Evaluate region

4.8. REPL-mode

Insert state

Key binding Description
S-RET Insert newline
C-l Clear buffer
C-d Exit

Normal state

Key binding Description
g j / ]] Goto next prompt
g k / [[ Goto previous prompt
SPC m h h Show documentation for symbol at point
SPC m C Clear buffer
SPC m i l Insert lambda
SPC m i m Import module
SPC m u Unload function
SPC m s Toggle surrounding parenthesis <-> brackets
SPC m k REPL interrupt
SPC m q REPL exit

4.9. Geiser-doc-mode

Key binding Description
o Follow link
]]/[[ Next/previous-section
g p / < Previous page
g n / > Next page
g d Goto definition
g z Switch to repl
TAB / C-j Next button
S-TAB~ / C-k Previous button

Author: root

Created: 2024-06-14 Fri 18:51