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Example of Calling Lua from Fortran
FORTRAN Lua Makefile
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README

FortLua 5.2
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This is a fork of a simple set of Lua bindings for use in Fortran, tested to be compatible with Lua 5.2.3+.

Most of the original basis work is fully attributed to @adolgert and @adambrozier and creators of Aotus (see attribution clause) below.

==Motivation==

This project shows how to call a Lua file from Fortran.
You can also call a Lua file from C, but doing it from an
even older language seems more dramatic. This also demonstrates
how to call C libraries directly from Fortran using the
iso_c_binding.

==Compilation==

This project assumes that the Intel compiler suite and Lua are local to your path.  
On a machine with software modules support do the following:

   module load intel
   module load lua

In your environment, `LUA_INC` and `LUA_LIB` must be predefined.  Otherwise the Makefile is unhappy.

==Discussion==

Why call Lua from Fortran? I can think of two good uses for this.
Fortran's string parsing is not pretty, so you could
use a Lua file as a configuration file. You can query environment
variables and do pre-calculations in the configuration file, yielding
a result for Fortran to use. You can even pass in functions for
Fortran to execute.

You could also write a commonly-modified subroutine in Lua so that
there is no need to recompile the code when you make changes.

Why Lua? The language is relatively
simple and has basic math included. It's made to embed in programs.
That said, it is not a common language. You could do the same
exercise with Gnu Guile.

How? Lua is a very small language that is built to be embedded.
It passes all of its state back to the calling program through
a stack (the stack data structure, but stored on the heap) so that
it is simple to retrieve.

We use Fortran's iso_c_binding to call the Lua C library directly
from Fortran. That binding is a relatively new development in
Fortran, but it works fine.

Drew Dolgert
adolgert@cornell.edu
Adam Brazier
brazier@cornell.edu
Kevin Manalo
kmanalo@gmail.com

This modification to FortLua was derived from routines provided by AOTUS, hence
their attribution is listed below:

Aotus License
-------------

Aotus is licensed under the terms of the MIT license reproduced below.
This means that Aotus is free software and can be used for both academic and
commercial purposes at absolutely no cost. You are free to do with the code
whatever you want.
The only requirement is that some credit to the authors is given by putting this
copyright notice somewhere in your project.
The MIT license is chosen for full compatibility with Lua.

For the license of the underlying Lua library have a look at
http://www.lua.org/license.html.

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                        Aachen and others.
              2013-2015 University of Siegen.

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