Introduction to slang

S-Lang (slang) is an interpreted language that may be embedded into an application to make the application extensible. It provides facilities required by interactive applications such as display/screen management, keyboard input and keymaps.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

Slang Dependencies


libpng-1.6.35, PCRE-8.42, and Oniguruma

User Notes:

Installation of Slang



This package does not support parallel build.

Install slang by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --with-readline=gnu &&
make -j1

To test the results, issue: make check. Note that this will also create a static version of the library which will then be installed in the next step.

Now, as the root user:

make install_doc_dir=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.3.2   \
     SLSH_DOC_DIR=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.3.2/slsh \
     install-all &&

chmod -v 755 /usr/lib/ \

Command Explanations

--with-readline=gnu: This parameter sets GNU Readline to be used by the parser interface instead of the slang internal version.

make install_doc_dir=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.3.2 SLSH_DOC_DIR=/usr/share/doc/slang-2.3.2/slsh install-all: This command installs the static library as well as the dynamic shared version and related modules. It also changes the documentation installation directories to a versioned directory.

Configuring slang

Config Files

~/.slshrc and /etc/slsh.rc


Installed Program: slsh
Installed Libraries: libslang.{so,a} and numerous support modules
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/slang, /usr/share/doc/slang-2.3.2 and /usr/share/slsh

Short Descriptions


is a simple program for interpreting slang scripts. It supports dynamic loading of slang modules and includes a Readline interface for interactive use.

Last updated on 2018-08-19 15:33:02 -0700