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guile(1)                         GNU Guile 2.0                        guile(1)


       guile - The GNU Project Extension Language


       guile  [-L DIRECTORY] [-l FILE] [-e FUNCTION] [\] [-c EXPR] [-s SCRIPT]
       [--] [SCRIPT [ARGs for SCRIPT]]

       Only the most useful options are listed here; see below for the remain-


       GNU  Guile is an implementation of the Scheme programming language.  It
       extends the R5RS and R6RS language standards, providing additional fea-
       tures necessary for real-world use.

       Guile works well for interactive use, basic scripting, and extension of
       larger applications, as well  as  for  stand-alone  Scheme  application

       The guile executable itself provides a stand-alone interactive compiler
       and run-time for Scheme programs, both for interactive use and for exe-
       cuting Scheme scripts or programs.

       This manual page provides only brief instruction in invoking guile from
       the command line.  Please consult the Guile info documentation for more
       information,  (type  info "(guile)Invoking Guile" at a command prompt).


              Add DIRECTORY to the front of Guile's module load path.

       -l FILE
              Load Scheme source code from FILE.

       -e FUNCTION
              After reading SCRIPT, apply FUNCTION to command-line  arguments.
              Note that FUNCTION is evaluated, so, for example, (@ (my-module)
              my-proc) is valid here.

       \      The "meta  switch",  used  to  work  around  limitations  in  #!
              scripts.  See "The Meta Switch" in the texinfo documentation for
              more details.

       --     Stop argument processing, and start guile in interactive mode.

       -c EXPR
              Stop argument processing, and evaluate EXPR as a Scheme  expres-

       -s SCRIPT-FILE
              Load  Scheme  source  from  SCRIPT-FILE and execute as a script.
              Note that in many cases it is not necessary to use -s;  one  may
              invoke guile simply as guile SCRIPT-FILE ARG...

       -ds    Carry  out -s SCRIPT at this point in the option sequence.  Note
              that this argument must be used in conjunction with -s.

              Start guile with the debugging VM.  By default, debugging is  on
              when guile is invoked interactively; it is off otherwise.

              Start guile without the debugging VM, even if guile is being run

              Compile source files automatically (default behavior).

              Disable automatic source file compilation.

              Listen on a port or socket for remote REPL connections.  See the
              manual for more details.

              Load SRFI extensions N, M, etc.  For example,

       -x EXTENSION
              Add EXTENSION to the guile load extension list.

       -h, --help
              Describe command-line options and exit.

       -v, --version
              Display guile version and exit.

       -q     In  interactive mode, suppress loading the user's initialization
              file, ~/.guile.


              If $GUILE_LOAD_PATH is set before guile is started, its value is
              used  to  augment the path to search for Scheme files when load-
              ing.  It should be a colon-separated list of directories,  which
              will be prefixed to the default %load-path.

              If $GUILE_LOAD_COMPILED_PATH is set before guile is started, its
              value is used to augment the path to search for compiled  Scheme
              files  (.go files) when loading.  It should be a colon-separated
              list of directories, which  will  be  prefixed  to  the  default


              A  Guile  script  that  is  executed before any other processing
              occurs.  For example, the  following  .guile  activates  guile's
              readline interface:

                (use-modules (ice-9 readline))


       The full documentation for Guile is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info and guile programs are properly installed at  your  site,  the

              info guile

       should give you access to the complete manual.  provides  a general introduction to the Scheme


       There is a mailing list,, for  reporting  Guile  bugs
       and  fixes.   But before reporting something as a bug, please try to be
       sure that it really is a bug, not a misunderstanding  or  a  deliberate
       feature.   We  ask  you  to  read the section ``Reporting Bugs'' in the
       Guile reference manual (or Info system) for hints on how  and  when  to
       report  bugs.   Also,  include  the version number of the Guile you are
       running in every bug report that you send in.  Bugs  tend  actually  to
       get  fixed if they can be isolated, so it is in your interest to report
       them in such a way that they can be easily reproduced.


       Copyright (C) 2010, 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim  copies  of  this
       document  provided  the copyright notice and this permission notice are
       preserved on all copies.

       Permission is granted to copy and distribute modified versions of  this
       document  under  the conditions for verbatim copying, provided that the
       entire resulting derived work is distributed under the terms of a  per-
       mission notice identical to this one.

       Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this docu-
       ment into another language, under the  above  conditions  for  modified
       versions,  except that this permission notice may be stated in a trans-
       lation approved by the Free Software Foundation.


       Robert Merkel  <>  wrote  this  manpage.   Rob  Browning
       <> has added to it.

       guile  is  GNU  software.  Guile is originally based on Aubrey Jaffer's
       SCM interpreter, and is the work of many individuals.

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