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- Subject: RE: Lua-SS
- From: "Josh Jensen" <joshj@...>
- Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 16:16:25 -0700
This is an excellent idea. Having a POSIX library that runs against the
Lua 4.1 build would be superb. I'm always modifying our internal
Lua.exe to add new features, such as directory recursion. Having this
in a more portable form would be superb.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Belmonte [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 7:55 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Lua-SS
> This is an idea sparked by Erik's reminder about the "lua"
> program being a sample interpreter.
> Maybe those interested in Lua as a stand alone scripting
> language (that is, for system scripting) would consider
> producing a new package, say "Lua-SS". It would use the Lua
> core unmodified, but maybe extend the standard libraries
> towards a more POSIX-level functionality (as access to file
> dates, directory contents, etc. are essential to system
> scripting). It would also provide well-defined module,
> class(?), and threading(?) support. (Part of the module
> specification would include Lua registry use.) It would
> support automatic generation and use of compiled Lua files
> similar to Python's system.
> With a well-defined module system and expanded standard
> libraries, third-party libraries would finally have a solid
> base to build on. A nice side effect for beginners and for
> those of us in the "embedded camp" is that there will be more
> code available to peek at and hack.
> I think this would benefit everyone and also diffuse the
> tension between the stand-alone and embedded users. There
> would finally be something worth making a Debian package for.