Lisp and Forth on OpenWRT

OpenWRT is a Linux distribution for embedded devices such as wireless routers. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable filesystem with package management.

OpenWRT already comes with Lua, and it's possible to include languages like Python and PHP. Some people may prefer to write their automation scripts in different languages, so I've tried to bring Lisp and Forth to OpenWRT. This page contains instructions, Makefiles, patches and anything else needed to get small Lisps, Forth variants and other interesting languages working on OpenWRT. So far there are ports of TinyScheme, PicoLisp and Retro. These were chosen using followin criteria:

The description of the packaged languages follows.

The OpenWRT packaging was done by Jeronimo Pellegrini. Send problem reports to j_p *** aleph0.info (put the @ sign instead of the ***).

The tarballs listed below contain a Makefile that will download the sources from this site (I have changed them so they compile properly for OpenWRT. The approximate size of each package, after installed on a qemu OpenWRT image, is listed.

I'd also like to package TSION (another extension for TinyScheme, by Alex Measday, which allows easy implementation of event-driven loops and TCP networking -- but I had no time yet to work on that.

Chibi Scheme is another nice Scheme implementation that could be packaged, but I also had no time to get it cross-compiled in the OpenWRT buildroot.

Bringing Schemix back to life would also be great -- a Scheme interpreter module for the Linux kernel inside the wireless router! (This one is supposed to be fun, not necessaruly useful)

OpenWRT also has, in the subversion repository at svn://svn.openwrt.org/openwrt/packages/lang (these are not maintained by me):