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2015-03-01 6:16 GMT+02:00 Sean Conner <>:

>   This isn't about luaposix per se, but this is prompting this observation
> about Lua wrappers for C APIs: they tend to mimic it quite literally (to the
> point where I think I've said this before: if I wanted to code in C, I know
> where to find it).
>   When I look over existing Lua modules like luasocket, luaposix, various
> other syslog implementations, I tend to see an almost slavish approach to
> mimicking the C API as closely as possible, instead of, for lack of a better
> term, Luaizing the API.
>   The thing is---am I alone in doing this?  Do I have a different way of
> handling C APIs in Lua?  Is it more a matter of "following the C API as
> directly as possible because of existing documentation"?  Or of "this is
> easier to do to get this out the door"?  Or even "I didn't even think of
> doing that"?

I agree. You're probably right about documentation. But I think you
missed one possible reason why people do it: to make certain that
no feature is missing. Almost all C packages suffer from feature creep
on its inexorable progress into feature bloat.

My solution to this is to write a front-end to such packages, containing
simple interfaces only to those routines I actually use, providing only
those features I have actually needed.