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luaposix -------- https://github.com/luaposix/luaposix luaposix is a POSIX binding, including curses, for Lua 5.1 and 5.2; like most libraries it simply binds to C APIs on the underlying system, so it won't work on a non-POSIX system. However, it does try to detect the level of POSIX conformance of the underlying system and bind only available APIs. luaposix is released under the MIT license, like Lua (see COPYING; it's basically the same as the BSD license). There is no warranty. Please report bugs and make suggestions by opening an issue on the github tracker. Installation ------------ With Lua 5.1, luaposix requires the bitop library from http://bitop.luajit.org/ (On Lua 5.2 it will work whether bitop is installed or not.) luaposix uses the GNU build system. For detailed instructions, see INSTALL. For a quick start: [If using git sources: ./bootstrap ] ./configure && make [&& make install] You may need to supply non-default paths (e.g. if you are using a system that supports more than one version of Lua): For example, on Debian or Ubuntu: CPPFLAGS='-I/usr/include/lua5.1' ./configure --libdir=/usr/local/lib/lua/5.1 --datadir=/usr/local/share/lua/5.1 --with-lua-suffix=5.1 To run some tests: make check lunit is required for some of the tests. For a version of lunit that works with Lua 5.2, see: https://github.com/dcurrie/lunit.git Use --- The library is split into two modules. The basic POSIX APIs are in "posix"; the curses APIs in "curses". There is HTML documentation; to obtain it, run: make doc The posix module documentation requires LDoc, from https://github.com/stevedonovan/LDoc It includes links to online man pages. All the HTML documentation is online at: http://luaposix.github.com/luaposix/ You can find an authoritative online POSIX reference at: http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007904875/toc.htm Example code ------------ See the example program tree.lua, along with the tests in tests-*.lua. For a complete application, see the lua branch of GNU Zile's (a cut-down Emacs clone) git repository at: http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/zile.git/log/?h=lua Bugs reports & patches ---------------------- Bug reports and patches are most welcome. Please use the github issue tracker (see URL at top). There is no strict coding style, but please bear in mind the following points when writing new code: 0. Follow existing code. There are a lot of useful patterns and avoided traps there. 1. 8-character indentation using TABs. Not my favourite either, but better than reformatting the code and losing much of the ability to follow the version control history. 2. No non-POSIX APIs; no platform-specific code. When wrapping APIs introduced in POSIX 2001 or later, add an appropriate #if. If your platform isn't quite POSIX, you may find a gnulib module to bridge the gap. If absolutely necessary, use autoconf feature tests. 3. Thin wrappers: although some existing code contradicts this, wrap POSIX APIs in the simplest way possible. If necessary, more convenient wrappers can be added in Lua (posix.lua).