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> I wish module authors would stop using make altogether and
> build/install only through LuaRocks. Let the build toolchain be
> controlled by the package manager, not some makefile that I eternally
> have to tweak between platforms.

Look at it this way: the Makefile is an executable documentation of how
to build the module, one that works in the author's platform if not in
several others. Downstream packagers can then copy/adapt/use whatever they
can and need from the Makefile.