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2015-02-09 17:19 GMT+02:00 Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo <>:
>> > No record is kept of anything loaded with "package.loadlib".
>> The following session strongly seems to suggest that an
>> undocumented feature of Lua 5.3, not present in Lua 5.2,
>> is a table in the registry keyed by the filenames of libraries
>> loaded with "package.loadlib".
> Ah, Lua 5.3 replaced _CLIBS by an anonymous table whose key is a userdata.
> _CLIBS is used for cleanup. It is an implementation detail and so is not
> documented in the manual. So, yes, "package.loadlib" does record which
> shared libraries have been loaded. See the first lines of luaopen_package:

It would actually be quite a useful feature to have documented.
It allows a module that mainly does some bindings to test whether
the calling program has preloaded a possibly customized version
of some library that it then does not need to retrieve from some
default source.