When LispWorks starts up, it looks for an initialization file to load. The name of the file is held in
*init-file-name*, and is "
~/.lispworks" by default. The file may contain any valid Lisp code.
You can load a different initialization file using the option
-init in the command line, for example:
unix% lispworks -init my-lisp-init
would make LispWorks load my-lisp-init.lisp as the initialization file instead of that named by
Alternatively, an initialization file may be specified by setting the UNIX environment variable
LW_INIT. If set, the specified file will be used instead of that named by
The loading of the siteinit file (located by default at
config/siteinit.lisp) may similarly be controlled either by the
-siteinit command line argument, or the
LW_SITE_INIT variable and
You can start an image without loading any personal or site initialization file by passing a hyphen to the
-siteinit arguments instead of a filename:
unix% lispworks -init - -siteinit -
This starts the LispWorks image without loading any initialization file. It is often useful to start the image in this way when trying to repeat a suspected bug. You should always start the image without initialization if you are intending to resave it.
In all cases, if the filename is non-nil, and is not a hyphen, LispWorks tries to load it as a normal file by calling
load. If the load fails, LispWorks prints an error report.
LispWorks Release Notes and Installation Guide - 2 Mar 2015