We will use as an example the installation for GNU/Linux. The installation for other unix systems is similar. There are several references to ARCH below; these refer to the computer architecture that Scheme is compiled for, either `i386' or `x86-64'.
MIT/GNU Scheme is distributed as a compressed `tar' file. The tar file contains both source and binary files; the binary files are pre-compiled Scheme code for a particular computer architecture.
In order to install the software, it's necessary to configure and compile the C code, then to install the combined C and Scheme binaries. This is done in the following steps:
tar xzf mit-scheme-VERSION-i386.tar.gz
will create a new directory mit-scheme-VERSION.
Depending on configuration options and file-system permissions, you may need super-user privileges to do the installation step.
After installing the software, you can delete the unpacked directory:
cd ../.. rm -rf mit-scheme-VERSION
By default, the software will be installed in /usr/local, in the subdirectories bin and lib. If you want it installed somewhere else, for example /opt/mit-scheme, pass the --prefix option to the configure script, as in ./configure --prefix=/opt/mit-scheme.
The configure script accepts all the normal arguments for such scripts, and additionally accepts some that are specific to MIT/GNU Scheme. To see all the possible arguments and their meanings, run the command ./configure --help.