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README for Lua 5.1 Build Status

See INSTALL for installation instructions. See HISTORY for a summary of changes since the last released version.

What is Lua?

Lua is a powerful, light-weight programming language designed for extending applications. Lua is also frequently used as a general-purpose, stand-alone language. Lua is free software.

For complete information, visit Lua's web site at http://www.lua.org/ . For an executive summary, see http://www.lua.org/about.html .

Lua has been used in many different projects around the world. For a short list, see http://www.lua.org/uses.html .

Availability

Lua is freely available for both academic and commercial purposes. See COPYRIGHT and http://www.lua.org/license.html for details. Lua can be downloaded at http://www.lua.org/download.html .

Installation

Lua is implemented in pure ANSI C, and compiles unmodified in all known platforms that have an ANSI C compiler. In most Unix-like platforms, simply do "make" with a suitable target. See INSTALL for detailed instructions.

Origin

Lua is developed at Lua.org, a laboratory of the Department of Computer Science of PUC-Rio (the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil). For more information about the authors, see http://www.lua.org/authors.html .

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