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Crystal Jewels wrote:
> I would be very grateful if anyone might advise how I can build a
> library of C functions so that I can call them from a lua script.  I
> have searched and tried many different solutions but regret I cannot
> succeed.   
> I am using Lua5.1 in Linux.  I wish to create a wrapper to a library
> of C functions.  I have created a trial script. 
> I receive an error advisory when the 'standalone' lua script is run
> as follows: 
> attempt to call global 'prin' (a nil value)
> My C code (mylib.c) and lua script (myrawlib.lua) is detailed below:
> Thank you very much for your time.
> C
> C code starts
> [...]
> C code ends

I think your C code is correct. You have to put it in a shared library
(with luaopen_mylib properly exported).

> Lua script starts
> #!/usr/bin/env lua
> --needs path in front of library and must explicitly state
> --local p=package.loadlib("./","prin") 
> local p=package.loadlib("./","luaopen_mylib")
> print(p)
> print "\nHello World\n"
> -- call a C function and send a number
> local indicator = prin(1)
> print("The result is ", indicator)
> Lua script ends

Instead of your loadlib stuff, you should use require. The
luaopen_<modname> functions (which are called loaders in the manual) are
to be used with require:

local indicator = mylib.prin(1)
print("The result is ", indicator)