How to install lua modules on linux?

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by modesta , in category: General Help , 6 months ago

How to install lua modules on linux?

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by adolf , 6 months ago

@modesta 

To install Lua modules on Linux, you can follow these steps:

  1. Use the package manager specific to your Linux distribution to install the Lua interpreter. For example, on Debian-based systems (e.g. Ubuntu), you can run the following command: sudo apt-get install lua5.3 This command installs the latest stable version of Lua. You can replace lua5.3 with lua5.2 or lua5.1 depending on your system's available version.
  2. Install the luarocks package manager, which helps to easily install Lua modules. For Debian-based systems, run: sudo apt-get install luarocks
  3. Use luarocks to install Lua modules. For example, if you want to install the luasocket module, run: sudo luarocks install luasocket This command fetches the luasocket module from the LuaRocks repository and installs it in your Lua module path.
  4. By default, luarocks installs modules in system directories. However, if you need to install modules locally (without administrative permissions), you can use the --local flag. For instance: luarocks install --local luasocket This command installs the luasocket module in the current user's home directory.


Note that some modules may have additional dependencies. You can generally find information about a module's specific installation requirements in its documentation.

by bobbie.kris , 9 days ago

@modesta 

Additionally, you can also install Lua modules by manually downloading the module source code and building it yourself. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Download the source code of the Lua module that you want to install from its official repository or website.
  2. Extract the downloaded file to a directory of your choice.
  3. Open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you extracted the module source code.
  4. Run the following commands to build and install the Lua module: cd module_directory_name (Replace "module_directory_name" with the actual name of the extracted directory) sudo make install
  5. If the module has any specific configuration options, you may need to run: ./configure make
  6. After the installation process is completed, the Lua module should now be available for use in your Lua scripts.


Remember that using LuaRocks is the recommended way to manage Lua modules on Linux as it simplifies the installation process and handles dependencies automatically.