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Re: [PATCH 1/1] gnu: lua: Build with dynamic library support.

From: Leo Famulari
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] gnu: lua: Build with dynamic library support.
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:32:15 -0400

Calling all Lua experts! Or even somebody that has used Lua before! ;)

I studied the lua-5.1 and lua-5.2 Makefiles more carefully and I will
split this up into separate packages for each version, with some

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 11:48, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> By “fixing the flags”, do you mean that the .so that we have for 5.1
> does not actually contain position-independent code?  That CFLAGS was
> ignored?

I'm not sure about the state of our lua-5.1's How to test it?

These changes are about building Lua so that it can load Lua libraries
dynamically. Currently, the lua-5.1 we package lacks this feature.
Possibly the lua-5.2 is the same way.

> > I will have to look into it again. I tested the results by starting the
> > Lua interpreter while linking a shared library:
> > $ lua -lssl
> I’m not familiar with Lua; what does this command do?

`lua` starts the interactive lua interpreter. Giving it the argument
`-lname` calls "require('name') before executing script.  Typically used
to load libraries." (quoted from them Lua man page). Some helpful people
in the Prosody chatroom suggested it as a simple way to test if a Lua
interpreter can load dynamic libraries or not. Our lua-5.1 can't:
$ ll `which lua`
lrwxrwxrwx 7 root guixbuild 61 Dec 31  1969
/var/guix/profiles/per-user/leo/guix-profile/bin/lua ->
$ lua -lssl
lua: error loading module 'ssl.core' from file
        dynamic libraries not enabled; check your Lua installation
stack traceback:
        [C]: ?
        [C]: in function 'require'
        /home/leo/.guix-profile/usr/share/lua/5.1/ssl.lua:7: in main
        [C]: ?
        [C]: ?

> I thought the goal was to get for 5.2, but this seems to be
> testing something else?

By default, building Lua does not create, which is why the
lua51-liblua-so.patch is there. I can look into a similar patch for 5.2. 

Also, we need to set up the search paths to help Lua find Lua libraries.
That can be configured at build time. I figured I would try to get a
working Lua interpreter in master before working on those things, but I
am open to guidance.

Revised patches forthcoming.


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