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It was thus said that the Great Steve Litt once stated:
> Hi all, 
> I've been RTFW all night but no joy when it comes to either running C from Lua 
> or running Lua from C. I tried this:
> but kept getting "embed.c:23: error: invalid storage class for function 
> openlualibs"
> It seems like my computer has /usr/lib/ but no corresponding 
> liblualib51.*, and I'm using Lua version 5.1.4. My Ubuntu is 9.10. If I knew 
> the old version was the problem I'd upgrade, but I'd hate to go through all 
> that mess on anything but a very educated guess.
> Is there anywhere on the web that has an up todate, for Lua5.1, bare bones 
> absolutely minimal example of Lua interfacing with C?

  In the Lua distribution for 5.1 in the etc/ directory is a bare bones,
absolutely minimal example of Lua interfacing with C---min.c.  

  Now, if you want to see how a project will embed Lua and don't mind a
rather sizable example (but it's still single C file), you can check out:

  It's a non-trivial example of embedding Lua in a C application.  If you do
want to look at it, most of the Lua stuff is in the functions main(),
process_msg(), load_script(), syslogintr_alarm(), syslogintr_ud__toprint(),
syslogintr_host(), syslogintr_lsock(), syslogintr_relay(),
call_optional_luaf() and add_lua_path().  Think of this as a demo of
embedding Lua, and extending Lua, in a Unix daemon (in this case, syslog).

  It is extensively commented and it may be a bit more than you want to look
through for a simple example, but it is self-contained (and a decent example
of a Unix daemon as well).  

  To compile it (given that you have Lua 5.0 installed, but not necessarily
5.1), you'll need to download Lua 5.1 (which you may have already); you can
then compile at least my example with:

	gcc -std=c99 -rdynamic -g -o syslogintr -I path/to/lua5.1/src \
		syslogintr.c -L path/to/lua5.1/src -llua -lm -ldl

  The options, in order:

	-std=c99	Use C99 features (my program uses them)
	-rdynamic	Allow shared libraries to use code from program
	-g		debugging information
	-o syslogintr	name of executable program
	-I ...		The path to the Lua source code for the includes
	-L ...		The path to the Lua liblua.a
	-llua		link to liblua.a
	-lm		link in the math libraries (Lua requires this)
	-ldl		link in the dynamic loader (so you can use require
			"" in your scripts)

  I hope this points you in the right direction.