Building MIT/GNU Scheme from portable C on unix
This page describes how to generate binaries from the portable C
sources. These binaries should run with little or no trouble on most
modern architectures and operating systems. It will probably require
tweaking for systems that haven't been tested.
When built this way, the system runs slower than when it is built
using the native-code compiler. For this reason, you will usually
want to use native-code binaries when running on a supported
architecture. However, on 32-bit architectures, the portable-code
binaries can address larger amounts of virtual memory than the
native-code binaries, so it is reasonable (and supported) to use both
kinds on the same machine.
Download the portable C source package
Unpack the source package:
tar xzf mit-scheme-c-9.2.tar.gz
Build the package:
This will take a long time; on fairly fast machines with lots of RAM
it takes about an hour. On older machines it will take longer or fail
altogether, at which point you should ask for help.
Note that you can pass configure options to the script, such as
Install the program:
Depending on configuration options and file-system permissions, you
may need super-user privileges to do the installation step.