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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: Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:47:20 -0400

I'm still working on this but I found something interesting that I want
to ask the list about. Attached is a diff of the build logs for lua-5.1
from master and lua-5.1 for the patch I sent upthread.

You may notice that they share the `make` invocation, but that gcc is
being invoked with different flags. Does anyone know why that is

I decided to compare the log files after analyzing the lua-5.1 Makefile
and realizing that my original patch should make no difference for
lua-5.1 (it would make a difference for lua-5.2). And if that is the
case, why am I getting different results?

The missing '-DLUA_USE_LINUX' is the issue for the lua-5.1 in master.
That flag specifies the use of dlopen, among other things.

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015, at 23:32, Leo Famulari wrote:
> 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
> changes.
> 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 ->
> /gnu/store/fl27mjm8kxp0rj989cd8mj67qjvl0jr3-lua-5.1.5/bin/lua
> $ lua -lssl
> lua: error loading module 'ssl.core' from file
> '/home/leo/.guix-profile/usr/lib/lua/5.1/':
>       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
>       chunk
>       [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.
> Leo

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