whatever = require "whatever"
Lua tries to find a package named
whatever in many places, mostly having
whatever somewhere in their names. If none of these is
found, Lua gives an error message listing them all, something like
stdin:1: module 'whatever' not found: no field package.preload['whatever'] no file '/usr/local/share/lua/5.2/whatever.lua' no file '/usr/local/share/lua/5.2/whatever/init.lua' no file '/usr/local/lib/lua/5.2/whatever.lua' no file '/usr/local/lib/lua/5.2/whatever/init.lua' no file './whatever.lua' no file '/usr/local/lib/lua/5.2/whatever.so' no file '/usr/local/lib/lua/5.2/loadall.so' no file './whatever.so' stack traceback: [C]: in function 'require' stdin:1: in main chunk [C]: in ?
A schematic representation of that list is kept in the variable
package.path. For the above
list, that variable contains