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Racket Scheme

These days I write more and more code in scheme. Guix support for Racket scheme and Guile scheme is rather good (unsurprisingly perhaps).


For Racket simply do

guix package -i racket

I usually create a special profile with

guix package -i racket -p ~/opt/racket

and load the environment with

source ~/opt/racket/profile

Works a treat. All tools should work.

To get the emacs working environment

guix package -i emacs emacs-magit emacs-rainbow-mode \
    emacs-racket-mode emacs-geiser \
    emacs-json-mode emacs-markdown-mode emacs-org \
    emacs-paredit racket -p ~/opt/racket

Link against (C) libraries

One thing that requires an extra step is compilation of external C libs. An example could read

#include "escheme.h"

Scheme_Object *scheme_initialize(Scheme_Env *env) {
  Scheme_Env *mod_env;
  mod_env = scheme_primitive_module(scheme_intern_symbol("hi"),
  return scheme_void;

Scheme_Object *scheme_reload(Scheme_Env *env) {
  return scheme_initialize(env); /* Nothing special for reload */

Scheme_Object *scheme_module_name() {
  return scheme_intern_symbol("hi");

This is because crti.o is missing, e.g. following the docs on 3m extensions brings up the error

raco ctool --3m --ld hw_3m.o
  ld: cannot find crti.o: No such file or directory

crti.o is part of the glibc package which needs to be added to the profile (see also /guix-bioinformatics/guix-notes/src/branch/master/ One quick hack is to find the glibc in racket and add that to the path

ldd ~/opt/racket/bin/racket
export LIBRARY_PATH=/gnu/store/h90vnqw0nwd0hhm1l5dgxsdrigddfmq4-glibc-2.28/lib
raco ctool --xform hw.c
raco ctool --3m --cc hw.3m.c
raco ctool --3m --ld hw_3m.o

now builds. The module can be loaded with

> (load-extension "")

Note you may have to update the module search path first btw with something like

(current-directory (build-path "/home/user/racket"))

note that DrRacket (for some reason) may start in $HOME. To check print the path with


To create a proper module read the docs. You can also use the FFI which allows you to bind C functions natively without much work.