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Answering you query ther are a lot more posts from Lua 5.0, onwards methinks.

At the risk of the discussion starting all over again...

The current strategy (I believe) is that Lua loads DLLs from a known set of locations which is in effect controlled by package.cpath which can be controlled by the environment variable LUA_CPATH. The default value is "!\\" which expands to the executable directory path.

The strength of this approach is that Lua DLL loads are by default loads from an explicit path, this is multiple orders of magnitude faster than allowing windows to search for a DLL (by just using a file name). This is also compatible with Microsofts recommendation of where to put your application DLLs (WRT the executable) , <QUOTE>It is good practice to install application DLLs in the same directory that contains the application</QUOTE>ref:

Again to quote MS from, "Note that the standard search strategy and the alternate search strategy specified by LoadLibraryEx with LOAD_WITH_ALTERED_SEARCH_PATH differ in just one way: The standard search begins in the calling application's directory, and the alternate search begins in the directory of the executable module that LoadLibraryEx is loading."

This means that with the way loadlib.c currently works the only time when LOAD_WITH_ALTERED_SEARCH_PATH would have an effect is when your executable and DLLs are in different directories and one has modified LUA_CDIR and/or LUA_CPATH to *not* use absolute path loads.

MS have change the search strategy with different OSs and indeed with service packs, as it stands Lua has been immune to this hackery.

Of the requests for change that I have read it would seem that the solution is not to use LOAD_WITH_ALTERED_SEARCH_PATH but to change or add a path to the default package.cpath.

In choosing the best solution I note that DLL redirection and manifests/assemblies complicate the Windows scene.

So maybe the solution to keep more people happy is to set the package.cpath default to something like:

".\\?.dll;"  LUA_CDIR"?.dll;" LUA_CDIR"\dll\?.dll;" LUA_CDIR"loadall.dll"

or my preference is to use absolute paths

LUA_CDIR"?.dll;" LUA_CDIR"\dll\?.dll;" LUA_CDIR"loadall.dll"

Finally a question, does anyone have a Windows SxS assembly for a Lua 5 DLL using VS2008?


Theodor-Iulian Ciobanu wrote:
On Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:36:30 +1100
David Burgess <> wrote:

Sometime ago some powerful arguments for no change were placed on the list. I believe the arguments are still valid.

These were the arguments I found so far:

But maybe I haven't searched the archive deep enough because I'd like
to see this change being made as well - I've been using it for some
time for myself.