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Re: A Library for Converting Data to and from C Structs for Lua

On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 6:36 AM, Marc Balmer <> wrote:
> Am 18.11.13 09:07, schrieb Marc Balmer:
>> Am 17.11.13 13:05, schrieb Marc Balmer:
>>> I came accross a small library for converting data to an from C structs
>>> for Lua, written by Roberto Ierusalimschy:
>>> I plan to import it and to make it available to both lua(1) and lua(4)
>>> as follows:
>>> The source code will be imported into
>>> ${NETBSDSRCDIR}/sys/external/mit/struct unaltered and then be modified
>>> to compile on NetBSD.
>>> Then ${NETBSDSRCDIR}/sys/module/luastruct/ and
>>> ${NETBSDSRCDIR}/lib/lua/struct/ directories will be added with the
>>> respective Makefiles etc.
>> After discussion we lneto@ and others we realised that there are several
>> such libraries around, and that I as well as lneto@ wrote one.  SO we
>> decided to merge our works and have a library that allows to
>> encode/decode structured binary data in one call (my work) and that
>> allows to access individual fields as well (lneto@'s work).
>> Now we need a name that covers both uses cases.  It could be "memory"
>> because it deals with memory, or just "data", which I favour.
>> Opinions on the name?
> Since no one replied, it will go by the name 'data' and be available for
> "both" Luas.

'Data' is fine for me; I don't have a better suggestion anyway =).

> @lneto: I will start with the pack/unpack parts, you can then add your
> stuff whenever you want, ok?

Just fine for me. However, I think we need to define the API before
(re)starting coding.

Lourival Vieira Neto

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