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- Subject: [ANN] Squeeze: the friendly alien
- From: Reuben Thomas <rrt@...>
- Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 23:04:06 +0100
Given the recent interest in binding Lua to C, I thought the
following, rough and ready as it is, may be of interest.
I'm pleased to announce Squeeze, the friendly alien:
squeeze uses the output of ctypesgen-json, which parses C headers into JSON:
(ctypesgen-json is a modified version of ctypesgen, which parses C
headers into Python.)
So far, I have done minimal testing: ctypesgen-json successfully
generates JSON for my system's stdlib.h, which squeeze can load.
Having done this, I can run drand48(). This is about as early as
My own use-case for this is generating C bindings for the Lua version
of GNU Zile:
Currently, Zile uses luaposix, lrexlib and lcurses, all of which I
maintain or co-maintain. Maintaining the C is a drag, and, much worse,
needing to download and install these libraries is a drag for users
who want to build Zile. I want to replace all of them with alien. I am
not sure yet how much mileage there is in this idea, but I intend to
find out now that I have squeeze.