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SBCLish host wanted

After sleeping on it, I think I'm going to switch hosts and try to keep going with SBCL and Hunchentoot.

If you're reading this and you know of a VPS unmanaged web host that's known to work well with SBCL, could you please comment and let me know what host you use, and what plan at that host, if it offers more than one plan, and what OS you prefer? So far I've heard Slicehost and OCS Solutions suggested. (Slicehost offers Gentoo. Do I dare?)

Note to all, my current host for my SBCL-driven site is FutureHosting. I'd advise people to avoid them if you plan to run SBCL. Their support and service is usually pretty good as long as you don't push it too far, but their servers are pretty wonky at times and after the comments from my last post, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of my problems were due to some kind of VPS misconfiguration. Their support staff told me nothing more than "pay for more RAM" when I informed them of the problems I was having.

March 03, 2008 @ 5:44 AM PST
Cateogory: Programming


Peter Christensen
Quoth Peter Christensen on March 03, 2008 @ 6:48 AM PST

Also see this list:

Peter Christensen
Quoth Peter Christensen on March 03, 2008 @ 6:51 AM PST

I think one comment got eaten. Slava of Weblocks fame has had good luck with his VPS host (+ SBCL + Linux). See this article: - I can't find where he mentioned the name of his host (he did once) so try emailing him at

Jim Robinson
Quoth Jim Robinson on March 03, 2008 @ 7:23 AM PST


Why don't you try to replicate the problem on your home box? Create a Linux VM that matches what you've got at FutureHosting and see if it runs out of memory as well...

If you don't have a spare machine to play with, try Amazon's EC2 - that will be the cheapest option as they bill by the hour and there are no setup fees, contracts and etc...



Quoth Brian on March 04, 2008 @ 1:06 AM PST

Thanks you both for the suggestions. Sorry about the spam filter, it is voracious.

Robert Synnott
Quoth Robert Synnott on March 04, 2008 @ 4:38 AM PST

I briefly used a small VM on Bytemark, a UK company, to host a couple of little games using SBCL.

These days I use a rented server, but Bytemark was okay. On my little VM, a lot of SBCL ended up in swap, but it didn't seem to have much effect, and swapping once running was quite low; I suspect there's a lot of stuff there that the average app doesn't use.

Quoth Alex on July 08, 2009 @ 7:16 PM PDT

So far i've been happy using Linode (, i run sbcl and hunchentoot on a Linode 360 plan but my web hunchentoot applications are still learning projects and i haven't actually tested it in production. I've followed some slicehost articles and set hunchentoot behind nginx, so far everything seems to be working quite well.