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This is what each of the generated executables print when run.
I applied the suggested changes (adding include and name assignment),
but this made no difference.

usage: .\glue.exe in.exe in.lua out.exe



(in other words: Nothing is printed)
I've tried to link against lua5.1dll, lua51.dll, lua53.dll, lua5.3.dll.
When adding a simple printf("Hello"); in main of srlua, this is also
not printed.

Something is severely amiss, but there are too many moving parts to
use trial-and-error to figure it out.

Then I looked up the meaning of "-mwindows"? The GCC manual says that
this is for "GUI applications".
I removed it, and, TA-DAH, it works, even after reverting the changes
suggested by Luiz.

Thanks everybody for your help. I will def. come back later, because I
have the gut feeling that using srlua for a complex
application will be much harder than a trivial one.

@Luiz: Do you mind if I provide a patch for the Makefile of srlua-102?


Am Mo., 25. Nov. 2019 um 13:00 Uhr schrieb <>:
> Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:15:05 -0300
> From: Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo <>
> Subject: Re: Help needed Building static binaries on Windows
> To: Lua mailing list <>
> Message-ID:
>         <>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"
> > While it compiles and creates "out.exe", it doesn't work, because
> > "out.exe" doesn't print anything when run (no error, but also no
> > hello).
> What happens when you run srlua.exe? It should say something like
> ./srlua.exe: cannot find a Lua program in ./srlua.exe: no glue
> Otherwise, try adding this line in main just after lua_State *L:
> char name[MAX_PATH]; argv[0]=
> GetModuleFileName(NULL,name,sizeof(name)) ? name : NULL
> and this line just before the first #include:
> #include <windows.h>