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(This section should eventually be linked from Packaging:NamingGuidelines)

Lua add-on packages generally follow the naming scheme of lua-modulename -- e.g. lua-filesystem, lua-lpeg, lua-moonscript. If the module name makes it clear that it is an add-on for Lua, though, the module name itself is sufficient. e.g. lutok.

Use your judgement -- e.g. the second l in lua-lpeg already stands for Lua, but it might not be seen as unambiguous enough.


Starting with Fedora 24, the following macros for packaging lua extensions are provided by the lua-devel package:

Macro Contents
%lua_version version of system installed lua
%lua_libdir installation directory for compiled modules
%lua_pkgdir installation directory for arch-independent modules
%lua_requires declares the needed runtime dependencies for the binary package

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This is for EPEL only. Fedora provides the packaging macros above.

Define the following on top of your spec file:

%{!?lua_version: %global lua_version %{lua: print(string.sub(_VERSION, 5))}}
# for compiled modules
%{!?lua_libdir: %global lua_libdir %{_libdir}/lua/%{lua_version}}
# for arch-independent modules
%{!?lua_pkgdir: %global lua_pkgdir %{_datadir}/lua/%{lua_version}}

To make the package pull the correct runtime dependencies, declare it like this:

%if 0%{?fedora} >= 16 || 0%{?rhel} >= 7
Requires: lua(abi) = %{lua_version}
Requires: lua >= %{lua_version}
Requires: lua <  %{lua: os.setlocale('C'); print(string.sub(_VERSION, 5) + 0.1)}


Upstream Lua developers increasingly use LuaRocks to distribute their modules. We are exploring providing better integration with LuaRocks in the future -- both in generating spec files from .rockspec specifications, and in shipping a luarocks package that can pick up existing RPM-installed Lua packages, but for the time being, you can use upstream rockspec specifications to guide your packaging work.