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Lisp to Lua Compiler

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A Lisp to Lua compiler, compatible with LuaJIT (built with -DLUAJIT_ENABLE_LUA52COMPAT) or Lua5.3.



Play around. Make issues. Submit pull requests. :)

How To

  • ./l2l to launch REPL.

    ;; Welcome to Lua-To-Lisp REPL!
    ;; Type '(print "hello world!") to start.
    >->o (print "Hello world!")
    Hello world!
    =   nil
  • ./l2l sample01.lsp to compile sample01.lsp and output Lua to stdout.

  • ./l2l sample01.lsp | lua to compile and run sample01.lsp immediately.
  • ./l2l sample02.lsp sample03.lsp to compile two lisp files where one requires the other.

  • Change prompt string by setting the _P global variable.

    >->o (set _P ">> ")
    =   >> 
    >> (print "Hello World")
    Hello World
    =   nil
  • The read macro table is _R. _R.META stores locations of all read symbols.

    >->o (set _R.META {}) ;; _R.META is too big.
    =   table: 0x7fcf90c54c90
    >->o (show _R)
    =   {"}" function: 0x7fcf90c1a930 "META" {(show _R) {1 6 2 9 0 6}} ";" function: 0x7fcf90c1a8c0 "position" function: 0x7fcf90c1b1a0 ")" function: 0x7fcf90c1a8e0 "(" function: 0x7fcf90c1ac10 "'" function: 0x7fcf90c1ad30 "," function: 0x7fcf90c1adb0 "[" function: 0x7fcf90c1aab0 "#" function: 0x7fcf90c1adf0 "\"" function: 0x7fcf90c1a9d0 "]" function: 0x7fcf90c1a980 "`" function: 0x7fcf90c1ad70 "{" function: 0x7fcf90c1ab80}
  • The dispatch read macro table is _D.

    >->o (show _D)
    =   {"." function: 0x7fcf90c27360 " " function: 0x7fcf90c1a890 "'" function: 0x7fcf90c1acf0}
  • The compiler table is _C.

    >->o (show _C)
    =   {"_60_61" function: 0x7fac1bc1e4d0 "_105_102" function: 0x7fac1bc948f0 "_" function: 0x7fac1bc26280 "defcompiler" function: 0x7fac1bc266a0 "defun" function: 0x7fac1bc26820 "_111_114" function: 0x7fac1bc261c0 "quasiquote" function: 0x7fac1bc26460 "_119_104_105_108_101" function: 0x7fac1bc3b300 "cadr" function: 0x7fac1bc26780 "_35" function: 0x7fac1bc26370 "_100_111" function: 0x7fac1bc64040 "car" function: 0x7fac1bc26720 "_58" function: 0x7fac1bc26330 "_62" function: 0x7fac1bc1e570 "cond" function: 0x7fac1bc264b0 "_47" function: 0x7fac1bc262c0 "chunk" function: 0x7fac1bc4a340 "_46_46" function: 0x7fac1bc0be00 "_43" function: 0x7fac1bc26240 "_110_111_116" function: 0x7fac1bc26190 "_46" function: 0x7fac1bc26300 "_62_61" function: 0x7fac1bc26090 "quote" function: 0x7fac1bc26420 "_98_114_101_97_107" function: 0x7fac1bc6bc30 "set" function: 0x7fac1bc263a0 "table_quote" function: 0x7fac1bc263e0 "_61_61" function: 0x7fac1bc1e3d0 "defmacro" function: 0x7fac1bc717b0 "let" function: 0x7fac1bc267b0 "_42" function: 0x7fac1bc26200 "lambda" function: 0x7fac1bc26650 "_60" function: 0x7fac1bc1e450 "_97_110_100" function: 0x7fac1bc26130 "cdr" function: 0x7fac1bc26750}
  • The format of a compiler is a function with at least two arguments. For example:

    local function compile_subtract(block, stream, ...)
      return "(", block, stream), {...}):concat(" - ")..")"

    This implements compiling (- 1 2 3) to (1 - 2 - 3).

    A compiler function inserts any non-expression Lua statements into block, and returns a single Lua expression which should either be the value or reference to the value that will be returned in its parent lisp block (which is likely to be a lisp function).

    The arguments of a function are raw lisp values, uncompiled and unprocessed. They must be compiled before being inserted into generated Lua code.

  • Use the defcompiler helper to define compilers in lisp. For example:

    (defcompiler -- (block stream str)
        (table.insert block (.. "\n--" (tostring str))))

    This implements comments that will be printed directly into the Lua output.

    defcompiler will put your compiler into _C table as well as activate the compiler immediately for use. Right after the above compiler declaration you can have:

    `(-- "This is a comment")`

    and the code will be output directly as "-- This is a comment" into the Lua source code.

  • defmacro is currently implemented like so:

    (defcompiler defmacro (block stream name parameters ...)
        (params (list.push (list.push parameters 'stream) 'block)
         code `(defcompiler ,name ,params
                 (let (fn (eval `(lambda ,parameters ,...)))
                   (compile block stream (fn ,(list.unpack parameters))))))
        (eval code)
        (compile block stream code)))


  • The _R.META does not record locations accurately enough during the compiler stage.
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