(I originally attempted to send this to arch-dev-public, but apparently that's only for making discussions from a relatively closed circle visible? The list descriptions on the listinfo page were very ambiguous; if even things like packaging issues should go to -general if from third parties, perhaps the -dev-public description should be updated to be clearer about this.)
The currently packaged sbcl 1.2.2-1 seems subject to the ASDF bug at https://bugs.launchpad.net/asdf/+bug/982285 where systems installed into /usr (e.g., according to the Arch Linux Lisp Package Guidelines) are not found when the environment variable XDG_DATA_DIRS is unset. (A workaround is to set XDG_DATA_DIRS to /usr/local/share:/usr/share explicitly.)
ASDF upstream has fixed this, and SBCL upstream includes the fix in 1.2.3. The sbcl package was flagged out-of-date ~23 days ago on 2014-08-29. I would very much like to run with a newer packaged sbcl rather than limping along with the workaround. Is there anything I can do to help speed things along, or can I only wait for the package maintainer?
I'm half-expecting there to be some careful coördination required with other Lisp packages, since SBCL is such a prominent implementation, but I didn't find any obvious discussion about any of this previously...
---> Drake Wilson