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There is some ingenious library available for Python called ctype, or say it is provided with the language as a standard and it only needs to be imported. I have checked the Lua documentation and the Lua mailing list to find something equivalent powerful - no success.

Well, there is the exchange possible via stack but I think that is not the philosopher's stone. I found the alien extension ( as well, but I found nothing comparable to ctypes. ctypes for instance allows to create C datatypes from within Python by c-char, c_byte, c_int and so on. In my first check of the docs I could not find any mechanism for passing parameters by reference, say pointers. May be I did not find the essentials.

Is there any library I have not jet found for such powerful programming techniqes in Lua? Thanks for providing any information.

Best regards