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On Feb 18, 2008 8:04 PM, Enrico Tassi <> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 04:41:00PM -0500, John Belmonte wrote:
> > The Lua library is unique in terms of how stable each release is, how
> > apps can embed it and become bound to a certain version indefinitely,
> > and how there are significant incompatibilites between even point
> > versions.   I tried to explain this in the Debian README.  Distro
> Yes, I remember we had to fight not to remove lua 4.0 when we
> introduced lua 5.1
> > managers want to fit everything into a box-- Lua's odd shape might
> > have them pulling out their chainsaws.
> They asked kindly on #debian-qa, and I forwarded that request here.
> So far, nobody seems interested in the Debian package for lua 4.0, thus a
> removal seems reasonable to me.

It should be trivial to create binary lua40 packages from older debian
sources packages in repositories... for example:


  rm -Rv ~/usrc/lua40/
  mkdir  ~/usrc/lua40/
  cd $S/http/
  cp -v lua40_4.0* ~/usrc/lua40/
  cd     ~/usrc/lua40/
  dpkg-source -sn -x lua40_4.0-13.dsc
  cd     ~/usrc/lua40/lua40-4.0/
  dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -b -rfakeroot    2>&1 | tee odb

  cd ~/usrc/lua40/
  sudo dpkg -i *.deb

  Eduardo Ochs